McLean County, Ill., has received $2 million in state funds to build a five-mile segment of the Route 66 Bike Trail from the north side of Normal to Towanda, according to the Bloomington Pantagraph.
The newspaper said:
County Engineer Eric Schmitt said a stretch from Towanda Avenue in north Normal to County Highway 29 in Towanda will cost 1.9 million, including engineering costs. Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program funds will cover $1.5 million of the cost, and communities along the route will cover the remaining 20 percent of the cost based on population.
McLean County’s share will be about $95,000; Bloomington’s share is about $157,000; and Normal’s share is $116,000. McLean, Towanda, Lexington and Chenoa will contribute the remaining amount.
Schmitt said construction should take place in 2015.
And I can attest from my website traffic that interest in cycling Route 66 is significant — and growing.
(Image of a segment of the Route 66 Bike Trail near Lexington, Ill., by GoILTrails via Flickr)