The City of Evanston has been awarded nearly $1.5 million in federal funding for bicycle transportation improvements, Gov. Pat Quinn announced on Saturday.
The 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 towards the construction of a bike path along two segments of roadway in Evanston.
The project includes the construction of a two-way bike path along the east parkway adjacent to Sheridan Rd. from Chicago Ave. to Lincoln St. Consultants and City staff will conduct an analysis to evaluate two improvement options:
- A three-lane road configuration with an on-street, buffered bike lane; or
- A four-lane road configuration with an off-street, two-way bike path.
The project includes the construction of a two-way, on-street bike path along the west side of Chicago Ave. from Sheridan Rd. to Davis St., connecting to the protected bike paths on Davis St. and Church St.
The improvements will be designed in 2014, with construction planned to begin on Chicago Ave. 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.
The Sheridan Rd. and Chicago Ave. biking improvements are part of a larger City infrastructure improvement project, including streetscape and sustainable parkway enhancements, resurfacing and water main improvements, and biking connections from Wilmette to the downtown Evanston Central Business District.