The board of McLean County, Illinois, this week voted to extend the Route 66 Bike Trail another 3.25 miles from Shirley, Illinois, to the hamlet of Funks Grove.
The current trail runs from Towanda, Illinois, through the Bloomington-Normal metro area to Shirley. The new extension will bring its total length to nearly 19 miles.
According to a report from the Bloomington Pantagraph:
“Expanding our trails helps connect our rural communities to our urban areas, which helps grow Route 66 tourism and encourage trail-oriented development,” wrote board member Carlo Robustelli on Facebook. “Great news.”
State funding will cover $160,000 of engineering. The remaining $40,000 will be split among municipalities on the trail, including $16,000 from the city of Bloomington, $12,000 from the town of Normal and $10,000 from the county.