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Algonquin secures funds for GO TO 2040 projects

ALGONQUIN – The village of Algonquin has secured about $3.7 million in federal transportation funding for the construction of a pedestrian crossing at Randall Road and to improve trails in the downtown area, according to a village news release.

The money was awarded by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and is part of about $411 million that the federal government recently allocated to the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, according to the release.

Just more than $3 million is slated for a Randall Road pedestrian crossing connecting Golden Eagle Drive and Stonegate Road.

About $554,000 will go toward a new trail along Edgewood Drive from Main Street to Hanson Road, according to the release.

The projects are part of the village’s GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan that aims to reduce congestion and improve air quality in the village.

The projects were selected and reviewed by committees from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. The committees were made up of transportation experts and regional stakeholders.

Construction for the Edgewood Drive trail is expected to begin in 2012, taking place alongside the village’s Edgewood Drive reconstruction project, according to the release.

Construction on the Randall Road pedestrian crossing is scheduled to start in 2015.

The $3 million awarded for the project will go toward paying for the engineering and construction costs related to the crossing, according to the release.

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