HUNTLEY – A $50,000 project tied to the ongoing construction along Kreutzer Road would give Huntley residents another bike path after officials announced plans last summer to build a similar path along Route 47.
Village board members on Thursday voiced support for the project that would extend the bike path from the Lions Chase subdivision about 515 feet south along Kreutzer Road to the Route 47 intersection.
The $50,000 project would cover construction and traffic signal improvements and coincide with work already started on extending Kreutzer Road west to Main Street. The Kreutzer extension should finish by mid-June, said Village Manager Dave Johnson.
"This would complete what we think is an important part of the pedestrian bike path network," Johnson said.
The latest bike path project also would connect to another proposed path along Route 47.
Last August, officials revealed plans to build a path for walkers, runners and bicyclists along the east side of Route 47, stretching from Kreutzer Road south to Oak Creek Parkway, near the entrance of Sun City Huntley.
Huntley, though, is still awaiting word from the Illinois Department of Transportation on a grant that would pay for the majority of the $1.4 million Route 47 pathway.
Board members on Thursday also supported an easement and landscaping plan that would block the higher elevated Kreutzer Road from residents living in nearby Sun City.
The $100,000 project would add numerous evergreen trees and a stone-vinyl fence near an out-lot owned by the Sun City Community Association along the west side of the extended Kreutzer Road.
The association's board granted the village the authority to do the project during a meeting earlier this month.
Both the screening project and bike path from Lions Chase – totaling $150,000 – will be paid from the village's street improvement fund.