Projects proposed in Moline and East Moline are among 54 across Illinois to receive federal funding.
Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider on Wednesday announced $1.9 million in Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program funds is destined for East Moline to build the Union Trail segment of the Grand Illinois Trail, and $742,830 is headed to Moline for streetscape improvements on Avenue of the Cities, from 34th to 41st streets.
Nearly $50 million in ITEP funds was distributed,according to a news release from Gov. Quinn's office. The funds are intended to develop alternative transportation options, the release said. Funded projects included bike paths, walking trails, historic preservation andstreetscaping.
The federal funds are awarded competitively, and any local or state government with taxing authority can apply. Local matching funds are required, and work must begin on the projects within three years, according to the release.
Pat Burke, Moline's economic development manager, said the streetscaping is an extension of the improvements completed a couple of years ago on Avenue of the Cities between 27th and 34th streets.
Improvements may include stamped concrete sidewalks, decorative streetlights, planters and benches. No road work will be done, as the road was recently rebuilt, he said.
Mr. Burke said the earliest work will start in 2014.
Details on the Great River Trail bicycle project in East Moline was not available on Wednesday.
For the current round of funding, the Illinois Department of Transportation received 328 applications with nearly $327 million in requests, according to the release. This year IDOT will begin awarding the funds annually instead of every two years.
"This major investment in community transportation projects throughout Illinois will help improve the quality of life for everyone," Gov. Quinn said in the release. "These projects will create hundreds of jobs while preserving our heritage, beautifying communities and creating new transportation options across our state for pedestrians,bicyclists and others."
Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn. 1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.