SIUE Students that use the Morris Bike Trail will soon have an upgraded trail to get them around campus. The University is partnering with IDOT and the Metro East Park and Recreation District to replace the unpaved portion of the trail with a safer, more accessible trail open for bicycles and foot traffic. It will run parallel to, but separate from, North University Drive from the Morris Trail to New Poag Road.
University spokesman Doug McIlhagga says the trail is used by many students who live in the area.
The Morris Bike Trail runs 2.3 miles through SIUE from the Madison County Transit Bluff Trail on the west side of campus to New Poag Road on the north side of campus. The University will close the existing unpaved trail section following the completion of this project. Barriers will be placed at either end with signs directing trail users to the new trail extension, and existing drainage culverts and a small wood bridge on the trail will ultimately be removed.