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Watch now: Bloomington, Normal move forward on Constitution Trail extensions

Watch now: Bloomington, Normal move forward on Constitution Trail extensions

Two bicyclists cruised along the Constitution Trail near Virginia Avenue earlier this month. Bloomington and Normal are both undertaking projects that will expand trails for…

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Two bicyclists cruised along the Constitution Trail near Virginia Avenue earlier this month. Bloomington and Normal are both undertaking projects that will expand trails for bicyclists in the next few years. BLOOMINGTON — Several major Constitution Trail extension projects that could boost connectivity for area cyclists are gaining traction in Bloomington-Normal.

The projects, all identified within the Bloomington and Normal’s separate bike and pedestrian master plans , seek to increase safe traveling for pedestrians while repairing and maintaining roadways.

“Both towns have recognized the need to realize the transportation network is not just about autos," said Patrick Dullard, president of Friends of the Constitution Trail. "It has to be safe for people who don’t have autos.”

Friends of the Constitution Trail is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the trail system, created more than 30 years ago as a joint effort between Bloomington and Normal. Dullard said the organization has pushed for some of the projects now underway for many years.

Through Bloomington and Normal’s bike and pedestrian plans, local officials have identified six upcoming Constitution Trail extensions and road infrastructure projects. Upcoming Constitution Trail extensions

The Bloomington City Council last week voted to pursue funding for a $1.3 million project to extend the Constitution Trail from Lafayette Street to Hamilton Road.

The city is seeking $1,041,228 through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program and committed $342,557 in local funding for the project if awarded the grant.The grant program provides up to 80% reimbursement for preliminary engineering, utility relocations, construction engineering and construction costs for […]

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