Danville receives state grant for Denmark Road project

Danville receives state grant for Denmark Road project

DANVILLE — Danville has received grant funding for a Denmark Road project that would include $1.6 million for constructing a shared-use path across the bridge on Lake Vermilion.

Danville is one of 53 projects awarded $35.7 million in Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program funds out of 218 that applied seeking a total of $252 million during the 2018 award cycle.

Danville aldermen on the city council's public works committee will hear more about the grant award and project at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Danville municipal building, 17 W. Main St., Danville.

The full city council must approve an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation to access the funding.

State officials said that although many quality projects were submitted, making competition extremely high in this award cycle, the projects awarded were ultimately chosen based on funding availability, and that includes Danville's project to build a shared-use path and make associated bridge modifications to accommodate the path over the lake.

The shared-used path would connect Winter Avenue on the east side of the lake with Denmark and Old Ottawa roads on the west side of the lake and would be done in coordination with a sanitary sewer project already planned for the same stretch of roadway.

The $3.5 million project would also include widening, resurfacing and intersection improvements in the project area that extends from the three-way intersection of Winter Avenue, Logan Avenue and Denmark Road across the lake bridge to the northern city limits on Denmark Road and would also follow Old Ottawa Road to its intersection with Rue Bienville Street.

Danville is required to provide a local funds match for the project, and according to city documents, $1 million in local dollars would be appropriated from the city's motor fuel tax fund.

The project is scheduled to be let for bids during the state's March letting, according to city documents.