Romeoville plans for future bike paths

Application for Transportation Alternatives Program funds tentatively approved

By Bugle Staff

Working to expand bike trails and walking paths throughout Romeoville, the village has been taking steps to secure funding to make it happen.

Earlier this year, the village applied for funding for additional trails under the Transportation Alternatives Program, including a path from Weber Road to Airport Road with a leg to the Interstate 55 frontage through the existing ComEd right of way.

The project is estimated at $1.3 million with TAP picking up 80 percent of the cost with federal funds and the village responsible for 20 percent. Romeoville officials have been informed that the project has been tentatively approved for funding by CMAP for Federal Fiscal Year 2017.      

The primary goal of this project is to expand bicycle and pedestrian access within the area west of Weber Road and north of Airport Road. The proposed route is part of the Northeastern Illinois Regional Greenways and Trails Plan and also included in the village’s Bike Trail Master Plan.

“This is a much needed improvement in our community and we are fortunate to be receiving 80 percent of the funds needed for this project through the federal program,” said Romeoville Mayor John Noak.

During construction, there will be essentially no affect to private properties since the proposed path will be constructed within the existing ComEd right of way. Construction traffic will be prohibited from using local streets and dust control will be a requirement of the construction activities.

Working to expand bike trails and walking paths throughout Romeoville, the village has been taking steps to secure funding to make it happen.

Earlier this year, the village applied for funding for additional trails under the Transportation Alternatives Program, including a path from Weber Road to Airport Road with a leg to the Interstate 55 frontage through the existing ComEd right of way.

The project is estimated at $1.3 million with TAP picking up 80 percent of the cost with federal funds and the village responsible for 20 percent. Romeoville officials have been informed that the project has been tentatively approved for funding by CMAP for Federal Fiscal Year 2017.      

The primary goal of this project is to expand bicycle and pedestrian access within the area west of Weber Road and north of Airport Road. The proposed route is part of the Northeastern Illinois Regional Greenways and Trails Plan and also included in the village’s Bike Trail Master Plan.

“This is a much needed improvement in our community and we are fortunate to be receiving 80 percent of the funds needed for this project through the federal program,” said Romeoville Mayor John Noak.

During construction, there will be essentially no affect to private properties since the proposed path will be constructed within the existing ComEd right of way. Construction traffic will be prohibited from using local streets and dust control will be a requirement of the construction activities.

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