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New Lenox gets state grant to extend Old Plank Trail

Rex Robinson | 4/28/2014, 9:36 p.m.
The Village of New Lenox has been awarded more than $200,000 in state grant funding to extend Old Plank Trail ...
State Sen. Michael Hastings (D-Tinley Park) (left) presents a check to New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann to help fund construction of an extension for Old Plank Trail. Photo by Rex Robinson

The Village of New Lenox has been awarded more than $200,000 in state grant funding to extend Old Plank Trail and make it more accessible for Providence High School students as well area residents.

State Sen. Michael Hastings (D-Tinley Park) on Tuesday presented a check totaling $204,440 to New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann at the New Lenox Village Board meeting.

“It’s really east to complain about the State of Illinois, but we’ve always been happy with the representation we’ve had here locally,” Baldermann said.

The check represents 80 percent of the cost of extending the trail from where it currently ends south to Ferro Drive and Gougar Road, according to village planner Jeff Smith.

“We’re always trying to fill in gaps where there are a lot of pedestrians,” Smith said.

Engineers looked at the best way to use the grant funding to make the trail safer and more accessible for area residents as well as students of the high school, according to Nancy Hoehn, the village’s economic development director.

Construction of the trail extension is expected to get underway later this spring or early summer.

Rex Robinson can be reached at rex@thetimesweekly.com.