The City of Evanston has been awarded nearly $1.5 million in federal funding for bicycle transportation improvements, Gov. Pat Quinn announced on April 12, said the City in a prepared statement.
The City’s Public Works Department submitted the request for the $1,492,403 grant, which was awarded by the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP). The funding will go toward the construction of a bike path along parts of Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue.
Sheridan Road. The project includes the construction of a two-way bike path along the east parkway adjacent to Sheridan Road from Chicago Avenue to Lincoln Street. Consultants and City staff will conduct an analysis to evaluate two improvement options: 1) a three-lane road configuration with an on-street, buffered bike lane; or 2) a four-lane road configuration with an off-street, two-way bike path.
Chicago Avenue. The project includes the construction of a two-way, on-street bike path along the west side of Chicago Avenue from Sheridan Road to Davis Street, connecting to the protected bike paths on Davis Street and Church Street.
The improvements will be designed in 2014, with construction planned to begin on Chicago Avenue in the spring of 2015. Sheridan Rd. construction will begin in the summer of 2015. The local share of the biking improvement costs will be $373,000.
City Invites Input on Bike Plan
As part of the City of Evanston’s process to update its citywide Bike Plan, a second and final Bike Plan Workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on May 3, at Rotary International in the third floor auditorium, 1560 Sherman Ave.
Proposed policies, programs, and project corridor concepts will be presented for discussion and prioritization. Workshop topics will be 1) corridors for the future; 2) bike parking; 3) bike map alternatives; 4) policy prioritization; and 5) program prioritization. The final presentation of the Bike Plan will be presented to City Council in June.
All are welcome to participate at this public meeting. Those attending are encouraged to bike to the workshop. A monitored bike corral will be available on Grove Street adjacent to the Rotary building.