GLEN CARBON — Madison County Transit will officially open the MCT Ronald J. Foster Heritage Trail at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at Glen Carbon Fire Station 1, South Main Street and Daenzer Drive.
The 12.23-mile MCT Ronald J. Foster Heritage Trail is an addition to the 125 miles of scenic bikeways that comprise the MCT trail 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 (MEPRD), $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.
Officials who plan to attend the ceremony include state Sen. Bill Haine, Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan, Glen Carbon Mayor Rob Jackstadt and MCT Managing Director Jerry Kane.