Elburn awarded grant for bike path

KANE COUNTY—Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig announced Friday the state’s awarding of more than $2.6 million in transportation enhancement funds for the construction of three bike and pedestrian paths, including an underpass in Kane County. The new paths will be located in Elburn, Geneva and Montgomery.

All three projects will enhance safety and provide better access for bicyclists and pedestrians, Hannig said.

The pedestrian and bike path in Elburn will be located on the west side of the planned Anderson Road extension between Route 38 and Keslinger Road. The path will connect to an existing path along Keslinger Road and eventually connect to the Great Western Trail. The new path will provide an alternative, direct and safe travel route to schools, neighborhoods and the Elburn Metra Station. The Elburn project’s allocation was $505,000.

The funding is a part of the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP), a federally funded program designed to improve the quality of life in Illinois by promoting alternative transportation, such as bike and pedestrian travel, streetscape and beautification, and preserving transportation resources. The Illinois Department of Transportation received 391 applications requesting ITEP funding totaling just under $370 million. The latest round of awards includes 120 projects in Illinois totaling nearly $90 million.