On May 7, 2018, IDOT announced the award of a nearly $36 million to various public agencies in Illinois for transportation related projects.
The Fox Valley Park District (FVPD) is among the three Kane County-area recipients that will receive grant funding from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP). FVPD will receive a $610,470 grant to improve the bike and pedestrian Prairie Path in Aurora.
ITEP is a federally funded grant program that can be used to fund community-based projects that expand travel choices and enhance transportation. For example, ITEP grants can be used to make improvements related to biking and walking paths, trails, streetscape beautification work, and projects that encourage safe travel across the various modes of transportation.
The FVPD has decided to use the ITEP grant to widen and pave a 2.1 mile stretch of the Aurora Branch of the Prairie Path that is just east of High Street to the DuPage County line. This is the only unpaved segment of the FVPD’s regional trail that is not paved.