State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) announced Oct. 14 that several streetscapes and bike paths in his district will see major improvements thanks to the 2016 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP). This includes:
· $800,000 for improvements to the Charleston to Mattoon Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail
· A $1,023,010 landscape and streetscape beautification project for the Village of Dieterich in Effingham County
· $1,056,000 for phase four of construction of the Eagle Trails pedestrian and bike path in Newton
“All these projects will improve the quality of life for residents,” Righter said. “I know many constituents, including myself, who use the Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail for recreation and exercise. Improvements on that trail will definitely enhance that experience. The Village of Dieterich streetscape project will add to the charm the village already boasts. The Eagle Trails path project in Newton will ultimately connect the very popular Peterson Park with downtown.”
ITEP, which is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), seeks to build or improve biking and walking paths, trails, streetscape beautification work and other projects. The money from the projects comes from federal dollars.
According to IDOT, to be eligible for an ITEP Award, applicants must commit a local match of at least 20 percent to their project and demonstrate a plan to have their awards spent by 2019. In total, 33 projects across the state were chosen totaling $30.7 million. To see the entire list, click here.