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St. Clair County Transit District to extend MetroBikeLink

The St. Clair County Transit District has plans to extend its MetroBikeLink trail from the Memorial Hospital stop in Belleville to the Fairview Heights MetroLink stop.

District officials expect to spend about $1.3 million on the project next construction season, said Bill Grogan, transit district managing director.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of the 2016 construction season, Grogan said.

“It ought to go really fast,” Grogan said. “We have all the structures in there, it won’t take a lot of time to do this work.”

The trail addition is about 3.5 miles, and is planned to be 10 feet wide.

To help pay for the trail extension, the Metro East Park and Recreation District has pledged $300,000 to the project.

The park and recreation district plans to reimburse the transit district after the work is complete, said Mike Buehlhorn, executive director of the Metro East Park and Recreation District.

“We’re happy to do that one because it’s a natural extension of the bike (trail),” Buehlhorn said.

The park and recreation district committed the money at a recent board meeting.

The MetroBikeLink trail currently extends west through Swansea and Belleville, and out to Southwestern Illinois College and the East Belleville YMCA.

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter

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