Metro-East News

Glen Carbon bike trail to reopen Saturday

Another biking and hiking trail will be reopened as part of the Madison County trails system this weekend.

The Ronald J. Foster Heritage Trail runs from Glen Carbon’s Main Street to Marine Village Park, a stretch of 12.23 miles of paved trail added to the 125-mile scenic bikeway system maintained by Madison County Transit. The trail connects to the Nickel Plate Trail and Goshen Trail, originally developed and owned by the village of Glen Carbon and transferred to Madison County Transit in 2012.

Now the reconstructed trail will be reopened to the public in a ribbon-cutting ceremony this weekend. The ceremony will include remarks from state Sen. Bill Haine, county Chairman Alan Dunstan, Glen Carbon Mayor Rob Jackstadt and Jerry Kane, managing director of Madison County Transit.

In addition to the paving, signing and grading of the trail, Madison County Transit repaired 12 bridges and three tunnels for the $4.2 million trail reconstruction. The project was funded by a $2.7 million Illinois Transportation grant, a $300,000 grant from the Metro-East Park and Recreation District, $55,000 from Glen Carbon and $1.17 million from Madison County Transit funds. The contractor was Keller Co. of Glen Carbon.

The ribbon-cutting is open to the public and takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday, adjacent to Glen Carbon Fire Station 1 on Daenzer Drive.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at or 618-239-2507.