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MCT to dedicate overhauled Ronald J. Foster Heritage Trail

From Illinois Business Journal news services

GLEN CARBON – Several dignitaries will help mark the opening of the reconstructed MCT Ronald J. Foster Heritage Trail this Saturday morning.

A grand opening will take place at 10 a.m. at Glen Carbon Fire Station 1 on South Main Street. A ribbon cutting, light refreshments and brief remarks are planned.

The 12.23-mile Madison County Transit trail is part of the 125 miles of scenic bikeways that comprise the MCT Trails system. The trail runs from Main Street in Glen Carbon to Marine Village Park in Marine. It connects to the MCT Nickel Plate Trail and the MCT Goshen Trail. Originally developed and owned by the Village of Glen Carbon, ownership was transferred to MCT in June 2012. In addition to grading, paving, signing and striping the trail, MCT also made critical repairs to 12 bridges and three tunnels.

The $4.2 million trail reconstruction was funded by a $2.7 million Illinois Transportation Enhancement grant, a $300,000 grant from the Metro East Park & Recreation District, $55,000 from the Village of Glen Carbon and $1.17 million in MCT Local funds. The project was completed by Keller Co. of Glen Carbon.

Among those expected to be in attendance are state Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton, Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan, Glen Carbon Mayor Rob Jackstadt and MCT Managing Director Jerry Kane.

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