Federal Funding Received for Increased Forest Preserve District Trail Access
Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant joined officials from the Forest Preserve District of Will County to accept a check for $1.1 million in federal funding from U.S. Rep. Bill Foster to create expanded pedestrian and bicyclist access in Joliet Township. The new trail will create a connection between Route 53 in the Preston Heights neighborhood to the Wauponsee Glacial Trail, the District’s longest path.
The trail project is part of a collaboration between Will County and the Forest Preserve District of Will County.
“This project will create a safe connection for pedestrians and cyclists between the popular Route 53 corridor and Will County’s beautiful regional trail system,” said Will County Executive Bertino-Tarrant. “I’m thankful for both Sen. Durbin and Rep. Foster for seeing the potential of this project to increase access for residents in this community.”
The Wauponsee Glacial Trail to Route 66 Bikeway Project was first identified as a Will County priority within the Sugar Run Creek Area Neighborhood Plan, which set a vision for community reinvestment in unincorporated areas south of the City of Joliet. The plan supports the inclusion of pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, such as the Route 66 Trail Project.
"I was proud to secure $1.1 million to establish a safe pedestrian and bike path along Route 53," Foster said. "This project will help connect residents to local businesses, schools, and more, all while helping to reduce emissions. I'll continue fighting for the federal resources to bolster our local economy and preserve our outdoor areas for future generations to enjoy."
For more information, read the official release from the Forest Preserve District of Will County at: https://www.reconnectwithnature.org/news-events/news/forest-preserve-district-receives-federal-funding-for-route-66-trail-project/