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The State of Illinois has awarded Evanston $720,000 to fund the reconstruction of the lakefront bike path from Lee Street to Clark Street. Awarded to the City’s Parks Division, the funding is given through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP), which uses federal funds to promote transportation enhancements, such as bike trails. When combined with a previous award of $550,000, Evanston has now received a total of $1,270,000 in ITEP funds for this project, which is scheduled for construction in spring 2010.

There was strong competition statewide for this program, which was funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. More than 332 applications were received but only 27 projects were awarded funding. The funds are awarded competitively, and any local or state government with taxing authority can apply.