A new grant program through the Illinois Department of Transportation has rekindled the interest in bringing a multi-use trail to the village of Bethalto. The Village Board held a public hearing Tuesday to answer any questions about the proposed 2.5-mile trail and the application process.
The application deadline for Illinois Transportation Enhancement Grants is August 20th. If it is approved next spring, the Village would receive $700,000 in grant funding, which would be used to fund the construction of the first two segments of the trail, spanning from the Bethalto Sports Complex on Culp Lane to Prarie Street. The third segment, connecting Prairie to North Moreland Road, would be built using grant funds from the Metro East Park and Recreation Distict.
Winslow says this could be the first step of a much larger project.
Winslow adds that the idea has continued to gain momentum over the last few years and that it was originally part of the village's last comprehensive plan and that it was listed as a priority in the Metro East Park and Recreation District's "Long Range Development Plan". If all goes as scheduled, construction on the project could start in the summer of 2015.
You can see a larger picture of the proposed trail path below.