Some local communities will be seeing a part of $106 million awarded from the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program for various projects that will expand travel options and enhance quality of life in communities throughout the state.
According to a press release from IDOT, Marion Community Unit School District #2 will receive $2 million for its Crab Orchard Greenway-Marion High School Connections. Herrin will get $1.6 million to make pedestrian safety improvements in the downtown area.
Jackson County will acquire just over $1 for the Saluki Greenway Expansion from Airport Road to west of Country Club Road. Carbondale will receive $2 for the Route 13 Murphysboro Road to Wood Road bike path.
The City of Carbondale was awarded $2 million to extend the city’s bike and pedestrian path along Route 13, from Murphysboro Road to Wood Road.
Rides Mass Transit District will get $2 million for the Crab Orchard Greenway-Illinois 148 and Transit Connection. Marion will see $1.58 million for Phase 1A of the downtown mobility improvement project. West Frankfort will get $685,000 for Phase 2 of the downtown streetscape project.
Ninety-nine projects were selected in the cycle that include biking and walking paths, trails, streetscape beautification and other projects designed to encourage safe travel across the various modes of transportation at the local level.
The next call for projects will come in late 2022, with a 2023 award announcement.