By: Diane Benjamin
How much did the bike trail from Chenoa to Funks Grove cost?
Good question – but I have no idea!
Researching anything the County does is close to impossible. The County took the lead, but Bloomington, Normal, Chenoa, Lexington, McLean and Towanda all contributed.
All County work is done in committees and then brought to the Board. Using the Search Box on the County website means documents from both committees and the Board will be located. Details can be found in the committee documentation and sometimes in the Board documentation. The only definitive way to determine what payments are approved is the Board Minutes – the problem is the AMOUNT probably isn’t listed, that’s in the documentation.
I think every phase had costs for both engineering and then construction. Finding when each happened isn’t easy. Below is not the entire cost. I’m still missing a lot of information. See this table:
Everything in yellow I haven’t located yet – but look at the total so far:
The actual cost could be double! Frankly, I’m tired of doing the research. The research that really needs to be done is how many people are using the trail? Who is paying future costs to maintain the trail?
Plans are already being made for a trail toward Champaign. Before flushing more money, how about a user study?
Below is where the data in the table came from.
If anyone wants to track down more of the costs – let me know.
Construction From Shirley – 1.1 miles south PDF page 19
- IDOT paid $360,000
- Local: McLean County, Bloomington, Normal, Chenoa, Lexington, McLean and Towanda split another $90,000
Engineering 3.25 miles from the above to Funk’s Grove PDF page 26
- $160,000 Federal
- $40,000 local (see above)
Engineering 2.5 miles North of Towanda to 1.5 miles south of Lexington PDF page 26
- $384,000 federal
- $96,000 Local (see above)
Engineering Towanda to 2.5 miles north
- $345,000 Federal
- $115,000 Local (see above)
________All of the above are on the same link_____________________________________
Construction Normal to Towanda http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/4279 PDF page 4 1/19/2016
- $1,334,083 Federal
- $333,521 Local (See above)
July 16, 2013 Board Minutes: http://il-mcleancounty.civicplus.com/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3422 PDF page 128
Construction Shirley to 1.09 miles south
- $520,000 – 80% Federal, 20% Local – Project must have been cancelled since construction was approved again in 2016 (see above)
Engineering from Towanda to Lexington 3.91 miles
- $224,000 Federal
- $56,000 Local
Construction from Towanda for 2.5 miles north Transportation Doc
- $460,000 Federal
- $115,000 Local
From 3000 North to Route 24 Chenoa http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2859
Transportation committee 3/17/2008
- City of Chenoa – $18,500
- Federal – $246,500