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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2009

Governor Quinn Announces 27 Communities to Receive Grants for Alternative Transportation and Beautification Projects
Communities Across State to Benefit from $20 Million Grants

CHICAGO – September 17, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that $20 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will fund 27 alternative transportation projects across the state. The grants are part of the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) and are designed to improve the quality of life in Illinois by promoting alternative transportation, such as bike and hike trails, streetscape and beautification, and preserving transportation resources.

“Our local communities are at the core of what makes Illinois great,” said Governor Quinn. “Thanks to funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, communities across Illinois have the resources to beautify their streets, develop bike paths or improve hiking trails.”

ITEP provides federal funds to develop alternative transportation and preserve visual and cultural resources. The funds are awarded competitively and any local or state government with taxing authority is eligible to apply. Local matching funds are required and work must begin on the projects within three years.

“We are very happy to see federal dollars come home and help build a stronger Illinois,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig. “These ITEP grants will be put to good use for a number of communities across the state.”

Because of the enhancement funding included in ARRA, IDOT is able to fund these shovel ready projects from existing applications and project suggestions received through Recovery.Illinois.gov.

For more information on the ITEP program visit http://www.dot.state.il.us/opp/itep.html.

Statewide projects are as follows:

Location: Project: Funding:
Bartonville Pfieffer Road Sidewalk Improvements $635,300
Burbank Beautification of State Street $19,200
Diamond Community Streetlight Project $528,800
Dixon The Lowell Trail – Phase 2 $538,400
Downers Grove Township I-55 Greenway Restoration $7,600
DuPage County & Wheaton Illinois Prairie Path – EJ&E Bike/Ped Bridge $601,200
Evanston Lakefront Corridor Reconstruction Project $720,000
Glen Carbon Governor’s Parkway Greenway $40,000
Granite City Route 3 Median Landscaping $20,000
Greenville Fourth St. and US 40 Landscaping $40,000
Harrisburg Harrisburg to Eldorado Bike Trail $939,900
Hickory Hills 95th Street Beautification $355,200
Jacksonville Jacksonville Downtown Plaza $1,356,600
Lincolnwood Restoring Native Trees $140,300
McLean County Historic Route 66 Bike Path $1,440,000
Metropolis George Rogers Clark Discovery Trail $2,576,600
Oak Park Community Bike Signage $20,200
Plainfield DuPage River Greenway Trail $1,215,200
Lake County-Riverwoods Deerfield Road Bike Path $1,166,800
Rushville Downtown Brick Streets Reconstruction $832,000
Saline County Conservancy District Equality to Glen O. Jones Lake Trail $103,700
Skokie Skokie Boulevard Streetscape $858,000
Springfield Capitol Avenue Streetscape $2,400,000
Tinley Park Harlem Avenue Median Planting & Enhancement $1,212,000
West Dundee Route 72 Downtown Streetscape $294,400
Winthrop Harbor Community Streetscape Improvements $1,558,500
Wyoming Community Lighting Project $208,400

TOTAL $22,700,300



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