Bike path will be part of project
by Martha Quetsch
KANE COUNTYâ€”Kane County officials plan to seek construction bids late next year for the extension of Anderson Road in Elburn and a bicycle and pedestrian path on that route.
â€œWe’re targeting November of 2011,â€ said Mike Sullivan, of the Kane County Division of Transportation.
â€œRight now, if everything goes as planned, the project will be completed in 2013,â€ Sullivan said.
The $30 million Anderson extension between Route 38 and Keslinger Road, including a railway overpass, is a priority county project designed to reduce traffic on Main Street in downtown Elburn and improve traffic flow in the area in general.
The state and federally funded project will facilitate the development of a housing and commercial project that Geneva developer Sho-Deen Inc. intends to build on Elburn’s far east side.
Sullivan said that as part of the road extension project, the county will build an off-road bicycle and pedestrian path that will be parallel to the extended Anderson Road, between Route 38 and Keslinger Road.
The state awarded Kane County a grant of $505,000 for this transportation enhancement project, Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig announced Oct. 29.
â€œThis grant will help fund the path that will go along that road,â€ Sullivan said.
Eventually, county officials wants to connect the Anderson Road path to the Great Western Trail, said Sullivan, who is the county transportation division’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. However, that connection will require more funds, Sullivan added.
The county proposed the pedestrian and bike path between Route 38 and Keslinger to provide an alternative, direct and safe travel route to schools, neighborhoods and the Elburn Metra Station.