State giving nearly $1M for metro-east trails

News-DemocratDecember 23, 2013 

State money will spur the construction of a bike trail in O'Fallon and replace a bridge on Route 13 near Marissa.

More than $550,000 will connect the Madison Illini Trail from Mulberry Lane to Cedar Street in O'Fallon. The project will include building a pedestrian bridge, bike trail connector, sidewalks and other work.

About $352,000 will replace a bridge carrying traffic on Route 13 across a creek a mile northwest of Marissa. An average of about 3,900 vehicles cross the bridge each day, according to a study conducted by the Illinois Department of Transportation in 2011.

"This pedestrian-bike trail and bridge replacement make transportation safer and more efficient in the metro-east area," Governor Pat Quinn said in a statement. "The projects will also employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy."

The projects are part of the state's $31 billion capital construction program, which is funded through the state's sale of bonds.

"Projects like this help to make local residents safer and improvement the qualify of life in our community," State Rep. Eddie Lee Jackson, Sr. said in a statement. The Democrat of East St. Louis added the projects increase vehicle safety and help provide economic activity through construction jobs.

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