$30.7 million being invested to boost Illinois travel

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced Wednesday that $30.7 million in funds will be used to expand travel options and enhance the quality of life in communities through the state.

33 projects were approved through IDOT’s Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP), including biking and walking paths, trails, streetscape beautification work and other projects designed to encourage safe travel across the various modes of transportation at the local level.

Illinois Transportation Secretary, Randy Blankenhorn says the government is proud to invest in these projects that help communities showcase themselves as outstanding places.

“This program is one of the most popular at IDOT and highly competitive for a reason: It allows our partners in local government to put into action their plans for improving local transportation,” Blankenhorn explains.

A total of 241 applications were sent in for this latest funding cycle. Of the 33 projects selected, here are examples of some of them:

  • $800,000 to Charleston, IL – Charleston to Mattoon Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail Improvements
  • $420,800 to Sangamon County – Sangamon Valley Trail Extension
  • $497,120 to Pana, IL – Pana – Lincoln Prairie Trail Bridge Replacement
  • $2,000,000 to Williamsville, IL – Heritage Route 66 Trail
  • $225,000 to Champaign Co. Forest Preserve District – Kickapoo Rail Trail – Phase Two
  • $426,000 to Urbana Park District – Park Street Shared-used Path
  • $2,000,000 to Champaign, IL – Bradley Avenue Corridor Complete Street

A full list of the projects funded can be found here.

The next round of ITEP awards will be in 2018. To be eligible, applicants must commit a local math of at least 20 percent to their project and demonstrate a plan to have their awards spent by 2019.

More information on the program can be found here.

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