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Bradley seeks IDOT funds for bike path

November 28, 2017 GMT

BRADLEY — A nearly 1-mile section of a walking/biking path along Illinois Route 50 slated for east Bradley will be submitted for funding through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The plan was presented to the Bradley Village Board on Monday. The funding needed for the 10-foot-wide asphalt path along Route 50 would be about $1.1 million, noted engineer Joel Greer, of Gingerich Gereaux & Associates in Bradley.

The Gingerich firm represents the village on most public engineering projects.

The village goal is to link sections of existing paths to create a path that would allow people to be able to bike or walk from one section of town all the way to Perry Farm. The village has been trying to gain state funding for about 10 years to construct this path extension.

The village already has about a quarter-mile section of biking path along Route 50 from the Armour Road intersection to the area near the restaurants, such as Baker’s Square.

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However, the village would like the path extended south to meet Mulligan Drive, which is the street immediately north of Kankakee Community College’s North Extension Campus. The path would then travel east along Mulligan and stop at Christine Drive. There are public parks in that area.

The first half-mile section would connect the Armour Road entrance to the shopping center, which contains Hobby Lobby all the way south to the entrance for the Lowe’s hardware store. The second half-mile would run from Lowe’s to Mulligan.

The first portion would cost about $600,000, of which Bradley would contribute $170,000. The second section would cost another $530,000, of which Bradley would pay about $142,000.

The village proposal will be submitted within a few days. Greer expects the village could be notified in February as to its success of gaining IDOT funding.

Mayor Bruce Adams said if successful, the village’s funding would not have to be made available until the next budget year, which beings May 1.

Adams also noted that whenever the path is constructed, its maintenance would be the responsibility of the village.