- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Backers of a new rail trail between Urbana and Kickapoo State Park in eastern Illinois say they have funding for the first section and could start building next year.

Ken Konsis is executive director with the Vermilion County Conservation District. He told the Commercial News in Danville (https://bit.ly/1MUFcEH ) that work could begin on the Kickapoo Rail Trail as early as spring. Work will start from the east near Danville and the first phase will run to Oakwood. Oakwood is about 25 miles east of Urbana.

Organizers say work on that first section should take about a year to finish.

The trail will eventually run close to 30 miles along the former rail line near U.S Highway 150. The estimated cost of construction is about $1.6 million.

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Information from: Commercial-News, https://www.dancomnews.com


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