On January 30th, Governor Quinn announced $50 million of Illinois Transportation Enhancement Projects (ITEP) that were selected from the latest round of submittals. Of those submitted, only 16% of applications were approved, including the Village of Barrington’s application for 80% funding of a multi-use trail. This trail will connect the existing Main Street sidewalk system near the southeast corner of the high school to the Field of Dreams entrance. The multi-use trail will run along the Main Street frontage, then north along Hart Road up to the Field of Dreams entrance. Ultimately, this path will also connect to the Hart Road intersection improvement multi-use trail which will run north along Hart Road from the Field of Dreams, across Route 14, up to Taylor Street and also east to the existing sidewalk at Cumnor Avenue. Once both of these sections are completed, this will tie together all three major connection points on the west end of the Village, creating a looped trail system. The High School creates tremendous pedestrian traffic and these improvements tie together a key link in Barrington’s system as identified in the Barrington 2012 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan. The ITEP grants are expected to take 2 to 3 years to get from design to completion. With the Hart Road intersection improvement planned for 2015 by Lake County, the timing of these projects
should approximately align.
Village staff, along with the Bike & Pedestrian Committee, has worked diligently over the past several years to bring to fruition a pedestrian and bike friendly plan for the Village. We are happy to receive this grant and
look forward to the completion of this project.