It’s official: Cal-Sag Trail has been awarded $6.2 million by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, paying 80% of trail construction costs between Indiana Avenue in Dolton and the Burnham Greenway in the Village of Burnham, and for construction between Cicero Avenue and Kedzie Avenue in Alsip. Officially, the grant recipients are Alsip Park District, the Village of Dolton, Dolton Park District, Forest Preserves of Cook County, Calumet City, and the Village of Burnham. The Updates page has more info.
Add it up, and the Cal-Sag Trail has received 80% federal funding for completing 24 of 26 miles. Just two miles to go, from Halsted to Indiana Avenue through Riverdale. We made the map below to see a little more clearly how the funding has shaken out for trail construction. Double click to enlarge it.
The segments from Route 83, near Lemont, to Cicero Avenue will be bid out for construction this spring, with construction starts in May or June 2014. Construction for the eastern segments—although some may be bid out his fall—won’t likely begin until spring 2015.
Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail and the Coalition have begun planning ground breaking and ribbon cutting ceremonies for this summer and fall. Join us tonight at our monthly meeting at Alsip’s Apollo Recreation Center, 7pm if you’d like to be a part of that!