SYCAMORE – Sycamore’s Great Western Trail expansion project has been awarded more than $391,000 in state funds.
State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, announced Thursday that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has awarded funding to the Sycamore Park District for what’s known as Segment 2 of the Great Western Trail Extension from the Sycamore Forest Preserve to Old Mill Park.
“The Great Western Trail is one of our region’s most cherished outdoor recreational treasures that families enjoy year-round,” Keicher said in a statement. “I am pleased to have helped secure funding for this extension that will connect more of our community to the trail. Once completed, this project will give local residents and visitors to our area the ability to more fully enjoy the natural wonders of this exceptional trail.”
The award for $391,738 is part of the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program funded by the Rebuild Illinois capital program, which supports projects including biking and walking paths, trails, streetscape beautification, and other projects designed to encourage safe travel across the various modes of transportation at the local level.
The western segment of the Great Western Trail in Illinois follows 17 miles of a former railway corridor through DeKalb and Kane counties, from LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles to the outskirts of Sycamore. Presently in Sycamore, on the west end of the trail, parking is located off Old State Road.
Once the first and second segments are completed and connect to existing trail systems, there will be nearly 2.5 miles of off-road trails between Sycamore Forest Preserve and Leon D. Larson Park. The trail will also connect to Sycamore Middle School, Old Mill Park and Sycamore Lake Rotary Park.