Belleville

MetroBikeLink work might still be finished early, despite snag

Workers construct MetroBikeLink trail bridge in Belleville in 2017

This March 2017 file video shows work on the MetroBikeLink bike trail bridges along the MetroLink light rail line in Belleville IL in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.
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This March 2017 file video shows work on the MetroBikeLink bike trail bridges along the MetroLink light rail line in Belleville IL in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.

Placing the final spans of the MetroBikeLink bridge across Carlyle Avenue will have to wait a bit, but the Belleville project is expected to have trail users crossing it by September or sooner.

The 92-foot bridge sections are made-to-order, but were rejected for reasons not given. The $5.42 million job, contracted to the Mascoutah-based Killian Corp., is to let riders stay on the trail and avoid crossing busy roads. A similar bridge spanning nearby McClintock Avenue is also part of the project.

September is the contractual completion date, but they could finish early if weather keeps cooperating, St. Clair County Transit District Managing Director Bill Grogan said.

“The whole idea of the trail system is to help people connect to the MetroLink stations and to provide a recreational opportunity. We’ve made a number of the improvements to enhance the safety of the trail system,” Grogan said.

The trails run along the MetroLink light rail tracks. The first 3.9-mile section was started in 2005. The trail now runs for 11 miles, from the Memorial Hospital MetroLink station to Shiloh Station Road.

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