Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

April 13, 2014

Grant to make Dieterich sidewalks more accessible

Effingham Daily News

DIETERICH — A Dieterich pedestrian accessibility project will receive $800,000 as part of transportation grants being given throughout the state.

This project will improve the ability of pedestrians to travel to downtown Dieterich businesses, school, park and residential areas more efficiently and safely. Sidewalks to be installed will provide the missing links to allow pedestrians from all residential areas of Dieterich a safe and ADA accessible way to travel. Three pedestrian bridges over Dieterich creek will be replaced as part of the project. The bridges currently aren't ADA compliant and are dilapidated and unsafe.

The $52.7 million for local transportation improvement will fund 71 community projects, Including bike paths and walking trails, supporting more than 400 jobs. The funding is through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) — a federally funded, competitive program that encourages transportation-related projects. For the current round of funding, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) received 232 applications requesting ITEP federal funding totaling nearly $260.5 million.

Shelbyville also will receive funding for Phase 8 Bike Path project in Shelbyville's Historic District along Washington, First, Morgan and Sixth streets. It will connect Phase 7 at Washington Street to Phase 9 at N. Sixth Street path and completes the in-town portion of the path.