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Illinois county gets $2 million grant for Route 66 Bike Trail March 20, 2014

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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.

More about the Route 66 Bike Trail in Illinois may be found here. The Adventure Cycling Association plans to publish a full map later this year for cyclists who want to travel Route 66.

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)

Dutch Route 66 Association formed January 19, 2014

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Six Route 66 fans in the Netherlands recently formed the Dutch Route 66 Association during a dinner in Amsterdam “with the aim of promoting Route 66 and providing information to whomever has a need for it.”

At left is the group’s logo, complete with the nation’s symbolic wooden clogs.

The people who formed the group were Willem and Monique Bor (he’s known for his intricate miniatures of Route 66 landmarks), Dries Bessels (who does Route 66 motorcycle tours),  Jeroen and Maggie Boersma (enthusiastic explorers of old Route 66 alignments) and Marion Flimm.

The Dutch Route 66 Association already has a website here and a Facebook page here. In addition to two national Route 66 associations and groups in each state the highway traverses, Route 66 associations may be found in Canada, Czech Republic, Norway and Germany.

And those who would scoff at the smallness of the fledgling Dutch group should remember that both the Arizona and Illinois Route 66 associations began with just a handful of people more than 20 years ago.


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