More than $1.2 million in construction grants for bike trails was announced last month by Gov. Rod Blagojevich as part of his Opportunity Returns program. The grants from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will support construction of regional bike trailsthe paving over of land.
Several of the grants are in northern Illinois:
Boone County Conservation District will receive almost $52,000 to construct a 6/10-mile multi-purpose trail. The segment connects a 2.5-mile path in Belvidere Park and a 1.4-mile path in Spencer Conservation Area to a short segment of trail adjacent to the Wynwood subdivision and Appleton Road in Belvidere.
Roscoe Township (Winnebago County) will receive almost $50,000 to construct a 1.5-mile extension of the Stone Bridge Trail from McCurry Road to Rockton Road.
City of Galena (Jo Daviess County) will receive almost $185,000 to develop a 3.38-mile trail along the Galena River. The trail begins at the Galena River Boat and Canoe Landing and continues along an abandoned railroad corridor to Galena Junction.
Sterling Park District (Whiteside County) will receive $162,200 to construct 1.25 miles of trail that will connect Hoover Park to Sinnissippi Park on the Rock River.
Village of Milan (Rock Island County) will receive $100,300 to construct a 1.3-mile trail segment that will connect the Villages Recreational Path, the I & M Canal and the Steel Dam Recreation Area to a new bridge over the Rock River (Milan is the hometown of DNR director Joel Brunsvold).
The Opportunity Returns regional economic development plan is the most aggressive, comprehensive approach to creating jobs in Illinois history, says Blagojevich.