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State grant could build another path to the I & M Canal in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on August 13, 2013

There was a time when you could walk to the I & M Canal by using the old Route 351 entrance into La Salle.  That could be possible again if the city can receive a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The city is applying for grant money to build a walking path connecting downtown La Salle to Lock 14.  They want a pedestrian bridge that would take you from Canal Street, over the railroad tracks and onto land that was once the old Route 351.  The path would gradually wind down the old highway approach allowing it to be handicap accessible, leaving you at Lock 14.

La Salle Economic Development Director Don Aleksy thinks they have a good chance for receiving the grant because the bridge and path would connect the I & M Canal tow path and the Kaskaskia Trail.  The city also has the backing of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Canal Corridor Association and a bicycling group.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $746,000 with the grant covering 80 percent.  The city would be responsible for an estimated $153,000.

They’ll find out in November if they receive it.  They wouldn’t get the money until 2015.

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