Carbondale to receive over $300,000 for new pedestrian, bicycle path | Community Spirit
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider announced Wednesday, January 30 there will be a nearly $50 million investment in community transportation projects throughout Illinois.
The latest round of funding through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program will support more than 400 jobs through 54 projects, including bike paths, walking trails, historic preservation and streetscape beautification projects in communities across Illinois. The ITEP is a federally-funded, competitive program that encourages transportation-related enhancement projects in a variety of categories.
On the list of approved projects is $329,950 for a new downtown pedestrian and bicycle path in Carbondale.
“This major investment in community transportation projects throughout Illinois will help improve the quality of life for everyone,” Governor Quinn said. “These projects will create hundreds of jobs while preserving our heritage, beautifying communities and creating new transportation options across our state for pedestrians, bicyclists, and others. I want to thank our Congressional delegation for securing the funds so that we can reinvest them back into our cities, towns and counties.”
The ITEP program is designed to promote and develop alternative transportation options, including bike and pedestrian travel, along with streetscape beautification. The federal funds are awarded competitively, and any local or state government with taxing authority is eligible to apply. Local matching funds are required, and work must begin on the projects within three years.
"Over the years, funding for bike and pedestrian infrastructure has improved street safety and quality of living in Illinois communities," said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). “Incorporating bike paths, bike lanes and sidewalks into the transportation system encourages physical activity and healthy lifestyles by providing a safe place to walk, jog and bike close to home. And today's announcement by Governor Quinn ensures that these federal funds will be spent creating jobs in Illinois communities.”
For the current round of funding, the Illinois Department of Transportation received 328 applications requesting ITEP federal funding totaling nearly $327 million. Beginning this year, IDOT will move this program to be awarded annually instead of every two years.
For more information, please visit www.dot.state.il.us/opp/itep.html.
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