Meeting scheduled on possible bike path connection to Mattoon hotels | Government and politics

MATTOON — An upcoming public meeting will focus on city plans to connect the Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail south to the four hotels at the east end of Broadway Avenue East.

The city has scheduled this meeting for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30 at City Hall, 208 N. 19th St., to discuss a grant application for a recreational pathway connecting these hotels to Broadway and McFall Road. . Community members are invited to the discussionwho will be as part of the regular meeting of the Public Works Advisory Council.

director of public works Dean Barber said planned work will include construction of a dedicated pedestrian and bike path from the north end of McFall to the Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail. He said the trail connection would be about 0.25 miles long and cost about $150,000.

The City of Mattoon wants to create a connection between the Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail to the south and the northern end of McFall Road, shown between the Super 8 and Clarion Pointe hotels.


“TThe city intends to apply for a grant through the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Illinois Transportation Improvement Program. The grant program provides funding for alternative transportation projects, such as improving a bike path and cycle path,” Barber said.

Presently McFall begins at Broadway and runs north to a dead end and empties into a farm road between two grain fields. This death is located between the Super 8 hotel and the The Clarion Pointe Hotel, which is about to reopen after a fire happened there in 2020 when it was a Baymont Inn & Suites. The other two hotels nearby are the Comfort Suites and the Hampton Inn, which closed in mid-May and is undergoing a change in ownership.

The city created a connection in fall 2015 between the Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail and the Douglas-Hart Nature Center, 2204 Dewitt Ave East. This was the trail’s first direct connection to destinations along its route east of Logan Street in Mattoon, but city officials have considered creating more. This paved trail stretches from the west end of the Roundhouse Youth Sports Complex in Mattoon to the east side of Charleston.

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