Madison County Transit has announced plans to reconstruct the Ronald J. Foster Heritage Trail in Glen Carbon to celebrate its 20th year of bikeway development and to commemorate May as National Bike Month.
Construction on the trail is expected to begin in May and will close sections of the trail throughout the project. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2014 and trail users are encouraged to check www.mcttrails.org or visit the MCT Trails Facebook page for updates on trail closures.
Ownership of the eight mile trail was transferred from Glen Carbon to MCT in June. The trail run from the MCT Nickel Plate Trail at Miner Park in Glen Carbon, northeast past the MCT Goshen Trail and finally to Silver Creek where it connects to the MCT Heritage Trail.
The reconstruction of the trail will be done with a $2.7 million Illinois Transportation Enhancement grant, a $300,000 grant from the Metro East Park and Recreation District, $55,000 from Glen Carbon and $1.17 million in MCT local funds. The reconstruction includes asphalting the trail and making repairs to the 10 bridges and two tunnels along the trail.
For more information about the MCT Trails system, or to request a free pocket-sized MCT Trails map, visit www.mcttrails.org, call 618-797-4600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.