Huntley, others receive ITEP grants for bike projects

HUNTLEY – The state will grant Huntley $1.1 million to build a multi-use path that would allow runners and bicyclists to safely navigate Route 47.

Transportation projects in Algonquin, Lakemoor and McHenry are also included in the $52.7 million investment Gov. Pat Quinn announced on Saturday.

The projects all fall under the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, a federally-funded matching program designed to promote bike, pedestrian and other alternative transportation options.

"These projects will support hundreds of jobs while preserving our heritage, beautifying communities and creating opportunities for pedestrians, bicyclists and others across Illinois," Quinn said in a news release.

The Illinois Department of Transportation received 232 applications, totaling $260.5 million, for the competitive program's latest round of funding. The $52.7 million awarded will support 71 local projects and more than 400 jobs, the release states.

Huntley officials last summer revealed a $1.4 million plan to build the roughly milelong Route 47 path. The state grant would narrow the village's contribution to $289,930, officials said at the time.

The proposed path would lead bicyclists and pedestrians from Kreutzer Road along the eastside of Route 47 before connecting them south to Oak Creek Parkway, near the entrance of Sun City Huntley.

The other local projects awarded Saturday include $677,520 for a multi-use path along Harper Drive in Algonquin and $264,400 to connect Lakemoor's neighborhoods with bike trails in Moraine Hills State Park.

McHenry also received $358,840 for a bike path leading to Knox Park and the Route 31 business district, along with an additional $354,000 for a bike path on the northside of Miller Road between Route 31 and Green Street.