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Channahon bike, walking path connections prove difficult to design

Trail will cost about $3M

Channahon on Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Joliet, Ill.
Channahon on Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Joliet, Ill.

Channahon is one step closer to connecting bike and walking paths on its east and west sides this week after trustees approved an agreement with Strand Engineering to redesign a patch of the proposed trail.

Negotiations with a homeowner for the village to acquire a piece of property along the proposed trail site failed, and the engineering firm will work on a new design that would not affect the homeowner’s property, Village Administrator Thomas Durkin said.

Small pieces of property from three landowners on the other side of the trail will now be needed.

“It’s not a significant amount of property,” Durkin said. “It’s just enough to accommodate the width of the path and the construction.”

The trail has been years in the making and will cost about $3 million. The piece of the trail along Bridge Street, between Bridge and McKinley Woods Road, crosses a river and the I&M Canal and also has steep topography in places.

“Crossing the river is the biggest impediment,” Durkin said.

The village has already received half of the cost from the Illinois Transportation and Enhancement Grant Program. Strand will redesign the portion of the trail and assist in property acquisition for a fee of $14,200.

Also this week, the Channahon Village Board renewed another 10-year agreement with Comcast for its government access TV cable channel. The village uses the channel to share village, park district and nonprofit events and notices.

Trustees also approved contracting with Alarm Detection Systems to supply the village hall with new security cameras that will be located inside and outside village hall, the police department and public works facilities. The current ones at village hall have been in place since 2003 and have been “through piece-meal upgrades and repairs” since then, said Michael Petrick, director of community development and information systems.

The cost for the equipment, installation and first year of service is $71,798.

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