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Evanston has received a second state grant to help rebuild the lakefront bike path.

The new grant of $720,000 was funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says the state funded only 27 of more than 332 grant applications it received from local governments.

The city had previously received a $550,000 grant from the state’s Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program for the project, which is scheduled for construction next spring.

Information on the total projected cost of the project — which would rebuild the path from Lee Street to the Northwestern campus — was not immediately available.

Evanston has received a second state grant to help rebuild the lakefront bike path.

The new grant of $720,000 was funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says the state funded only 27 of more than 332 grant applications it received from local governments.

The city had previously received a $550,000 grant from the state’s Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program for the project, which is scheduled for construction next spring.

Information on the total projected cost of the project — which would rebuild the path from Lee Street to the Northwestern campus — was not immediately available.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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3 Comments

  1. More bike paths
    This is great news for, leisure lakefront bike riders and the few who are able to use this bike path for commuting. Now with this one fixed what about a more robust bike path system throughout Evanston and Skokie? There are a number of main arteries that are designated bike routes, like Church Street. When will there be a proper bike lane on Church from Dodge going east?

    Glad to see that something is done, but this can only be a start if we are serious about making Evanston bike friendly, and save for people to commute by bicycle.

  2. Bike Paths Evanston to Chicago
    Evanston of course has a big gap in the bike path from South Blvd. to Main—I don’t think bikers and pedestrians enjoy sharing the sidewalk. However, if people know about much Evanston, they can cut to Michigan [how many do?] for that streach.
    The bigger problem is from two blocks south of the cemetary to Foster. The sidewalk is not very good for biking and some of the side streets take the joy if not the safety [rough streets, glass on streets and face it not the best areas] out of it. And unless the law changed, fines from Loyola to Foster for riding on the sidewalk.

  3. Kudos to Park Staff
    Kudos to the City and Parks staff for all their hard work in securing 1.25 million dollars in grants for the Lakefront paths. I hope this is a clear message to the Mayor, Council and Mr. Bobkiewicz that cost of having a staff grant writer is well worth it. Melissa Bruns, our former staff grant writer, who worked on both bike path grants, left Evanston in July to take a position in Washington DC. To date, the position has not been filled.

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