QualityofLifeProjectsESSEX – With support from State Senator Patrick Joyce, the Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that the application period for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program will remain open until Sept. 30. This program provides communities with resources to carry out local quality-of-life projects Qualified applicants include local governments and regional planning commissions.

“Having safe and up-to-date modes of transportation is a necessity,” said Joyce (D-Essex). “Not only does funding for these quality-of-life projects promote safe travel at the local level, but it also provides much-needed updates, increasing attractiveness of our communities.”

Thanks to the historic Rebuild Illinois plan, an all-time high of $125 million is available to repair or create better transportation modes in communities. To ensure communities with the greatest needs can participate, at least 25% of funding will be set aside for disadvantaged and economically distressed communities.

Projects eligible for funding through the program include biking and walking paths, trails, streetscape beautification work, and other improvements designed to encourage safe travel across the various modes of transportation at the local level.

“Many communities across the state will benefit from enhancement to their local transportation systems,” said Joyce. “I’m encouraging local governments to apply for this funding so we can help repair and create long lasting projects in our communities.”

For more information, including instructions on how to view and participate in webinars on the application process, visit the  Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program page.

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