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New path will help connect community
The Oswego Village Board should be commended for its recent vote to approve resolutions authorizing funding agreements with the State of Illinois to construct a bike trail along the north side of Mill Road between Ill. Route 31 and Orchard Road.
The trail is estimated to cost $407,766. The village will contribute $81,553 towards the project with the balance coming from a federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) grant.
Construction is expected to start next summer, according to information presented to the board by Jerry Weaver the village's director of public works.
The trail will provide safe passage along Mill Road for pedestrians and cyclists of all ages, especially the children who attend Fox Chase Elementary School located one block north of Mill Road.
The trail will also serve as an important link between two major roads (Orchard Road and Route 31) in what is a slowly, but steadily developing trail system in the village and greater Fox Valley area.
Currently, the Oswegoland Park District owns and maintains --- miles of trails in the Oswego-Montgomery area. The trails didn't happen by accident. Over the last three decades park district officials have worked successfully with the villages of Oswego and Montgomery to make sure that developers installed trails in their residential and business developments. The park district and now the Village of Oswego have also used grants to help defray the cost for much of the trail construction.
The trails provide an important recreational opportunity for walkers, runners and cyclists while also serving to connect subdivisions and neighborhoods as the area continues to grow.