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Posted on: April 13, 2023

Aledo Awarded $1.39M for 9th Avenue Shared-Use Path Project

9th Ave Shared Use Grant

ALEDO, IL - The City of Aledo has been awarded $1.39 million by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for the Ninth Avenue Shared-Use Path project. This award is through the Illinois’ Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) and was announced on April 10 by Governor JB Pritzker as part of his bi-partisan “Rebuild Illinois” project.

This funding represents a continued investment in Aledo's Shared-Use Pathway project, providing a total of 4.4 miles of paths and sidewalks for residents and visitors to walk, bike or run in and around the city. To date, the City of Aledo has received over $2.7M in funding from ITEP grants and other sources for this project.

The Ninth Avenue Shared-Use Path project aims to create a safe and accessible pathway for pedestrians and bicyclists, connecting the downtown area with surrounding neighborhoods and businesses. The project will include the construction of a multi-use path along Ninth Avenue, complete with ADA accessibility, signage, crosswalks and a storm sewer system for adequate drainage in the area. This shared-use path will promote active transportation, improve connectivity, and enhance the overall quality of life for Aledo residents and visitors.

"We are thrilled to receive this generous award from the Illinois Department of Transportation,” said Chris Hagloch, Mayor of Aledo. “This funding will be instrumental in enhancing our city's infrastructure and promoting sustainable transportation options. The Ninth Avenue Shared-Use Path project will not only strengthen our downtown area but also foster community engagement and economic development in Aledo."

By providing an important connection between schools, hospitals, businesses and shopping centers through this new shared-use path, residents and visitors will have a safe and accessible route to reach their destinations through alternate methods in a way that compliments the current transportation systems. Planned events that draw in tourists, such as the popular annual Rhubarb Fest, will also benefit from this path project, helping boost the local economy and increase property values in the area.

“Creating this safe and accessible shared-use path is an important investment in Aledo’s future,” Jarod Dale, City Clerk of Aledo, said. “This award represents a significant step forward in Aledo's efforts to create a more connected, inclusive and thriving community. The state’s dedication to building better communities throughout Illinois is something we greatly appreciate.”

Construction for the Ninth Avenue Shared-Use Path project is part of 72 projects selected to receive funding from the ITEP and is planned for construction in 2025. The City of Aledo looks forward to the positive impact this project will have on the community and the continued support from the state of Illinois.

Aledo, IL, is an idyllic retreat from routine located 30 minutes south of the quad cities. Founded in 1855, the community has over 3,600 residents. Find It All in Aledo. www.AledoIL.gov

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