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Plainfield biking, walking paths to benefit from state grant

State Sen. Meg Loughran Cappel announced the grant for Plainfield and Oswego

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The village of Plainfield will benefit from part of a $475,000 state grant to invest in biking and walking paths.

State Sen. Meg Loughran Cappel, D-Shorewood, announced the combined grant which will go toward paths in Plainfield and Oswego, according to a news release. The funds can be used on a number of local trails for pedestrians and bicyclists, including the DuPage River Trail at Renwick Road in Plainfield.

“Infrastructure maintenance is important at every single level of a community,” Loughran Cappel said in a statement. “Though they can be overlooked, bike paths and walking trails are vital structures that deserve regular attention and care.”

These projects are part of the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, for which the Illinois Department of Transportation has selected 99 projects totaling $105.7 million, according to the release.

Projects funded in this round of investment include biking and walking paths, trails, streetscape beautification, and others designed to encourage safe travel across the various modes of transportation.

“Our residents are extremely fortunate to have accessible, clean trails that give everyone the chance to enjoy the outdoors,” Loughran Cappel added in the release. “Investments such as this ensure long-term viability and encourage active lifestyles.”