As a recipient of the IDNR (Illinois Department of Natural Resources) Grant in 2019, Palatine Park District will start construction on August 3 to improve the Palatine Bike Trail. The grant, which is worth $200,000, allows Palatine Park District to replace two current bridges as well as asphalt on an extended portion of the trail. The project will also allow for the curves of the trail entering and exiting the bridges to be softened. This will allow for safer bike riding and pedestrian conditions.
Construction will take place starting from the tunnel underneath Hicks Road and continue behind Palatine Public Library. This section of Palatine Bike Trail will be closed from August 3 until early October, once the project is complete. Palatine Bike Trail is one of Palatine Park District’s most frequently used amenities. Improving the functionality, reliability, and overall safety is a high priority for the district. “After over forty years of use, it was time to replace these two bridges,” said Superintendent of Parks & Planning Jim Holder. “Thanks to the IDNR grant, we were able to make that possible.”