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State grant will fund Constitution Trail north from Towanda

Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:52:10 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

The State of Illinois is giving McLean County $800,000 to extend the Constitution Trail north past Towanda. County Administrator Bill Wasson says the two and a half mile addition to the trail will likely be constructed in 2014 or 2015.

"It provides both the recreational access on the trails as we develop them and it also provides safe ability for people to get out of the metropolitan areas and into areas of lower traffic volume too."

Currently in the engineering design phase is a previously funded stretch of the trail from Normal to Towanda. The new grant will require a $200,000 match from Bloomington, Normal, McLean County, and rural communities along the route 66 corridor. It will take the hiking and biking way to the end of the existing abandoned Route 66 road bed. There will be a small parking lot at the terminus as well. Only 15% of requested grants were funded in the latest round of local transportation improvement project awards from the state.

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