$180K going towards Decatur bike trail renovations

Grant for Bike Trail Repairs (Macon County Conservation District)

The Macon County Conservation District received a grant of $180,800 for renovations to the paved Rock Springs - Fairview Bike Trail.

Funding for the grant was supported by the federal government's Recreational Trails Program (RTP), which covers 80 percent of the project's cost. The rest of the expenses will be covered by the Macon County Conservation District.

The RTP grant program in Illinois is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The bike trail was built in 1996 and it serves thousands of area residents each year.

The 2.25 mile section of the trail includes three bridges spanning the Sangamon River and Stevens Creek.

The project is set to replace deteriorated wood and fencing and reshape the bridge embankments and approaches.

"The bridges are routinely inspected and are safe to use," said Conservation District Operations Manager Shane Ravellette, in a press release. "But even with regular maintenance, it's evident that they require more extensive renovations."

The work is set to begin in 2019.

For more updates, residents can visit this link here.

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