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Work is continuing on a shared use path along Illinois Route 159 south of downtown, with completion on track for the end of July. When it’s finished, the 10-foot-wide off-road path will provide a connection between Magnolia Street and Madison County Transit’s Goshen Trail.
The City brought on Stutz Excavating, which began working in the spring on the 2,700-foot path along Plum Street, as Route 159 is known there. While some sections of the completed path will run close to the street, other portions will meander up to 30 feet west of the road.
The City was awarded $150,000 from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, $240,000 from the Metro East Park and Recreation District, and $100,000 from the Agency for Community Transit, which in total, will cover the cost of construction.
A shared use path in this area was among the top priorities of those who responded to two online surveys the City conducted in February and June of 2022 about desired bicycle and pedestrian improvements for Edwardsville. When completed, the path will offer another off-road route to help connect pedestrians and cyclists with the downtown area.