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Algonquin trustees consider creation of bike path connecting Algonquin to Cary, Crystal Lake

A biker uses the Prairie Trail bridge spanning Rakow Road in Crystal Lake. The bridge connects the popular McHenry County Conservation District multipurpose trail at Rakow Road just east of Pyott Road. The village of Algonquin is considering applying for a grant to receive federal funding to create a bikeway that would connect Algonquin to the downtown areas of Cary and Crystal Lake.
A biker uses the Prairie Trail bridge spanning Rakow Road in Crystal Lake. The bridge connects the popular McHenry County Conservation District multipurpose trail at Rakow Road just east of Pyott Road. The village of Algonquin is considering applying for a grant to receive federal funding to create a bikeway that would connect Algonquin to the downtown areas of Cary and Crystal Lake.

ALGONQUIN – The village of Algonquin is considering applying for a federal grant to create a bikeway that would connect Algonquin to the downtown areas of Cary and Crystal Lake.

The bikeway would run between the south end of the existing Route 31 bike path and the McHenry County Conservation District’s Prairie Path, Public Works Director Robert Mitchard said.

Mitchard said the bike path will connect to a bike path system in Cary that travels to downtown Cary and then extends to downtown Crystal Lake.

“This is a very important lane to downtown Algonquin from all of those locations,” Mitchard said.

Trustees will vote on a resolution in December to apply for a grant from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, and they are requesting about $1.2 million.

The total cost of the project is about $1.8 million, and the village of Algonquin has agreed to provide 33 percent of the funding, or $571,200, Mitchard said.

The federal funds are administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation and are used to fund projects that enhance the transportation system.

The village currently is in the second phase of designing the project, and construction would begin in summer 2019.

Village President John Schmitt said people in the Arrowhead neighborhood have been requesting the path for many years because there is no pedestrian connection to the rest of the community for Arrowhead other than getting on the highway.

“This is an opportunity to create a transportation lane other than using automobiles because otherwise there is no sidewalk or anything for people to use,” Schmitt said.

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