Plans for multi-use trail on display at Taste of Summer
By Diana Kuyper Special to Sun-Times Media July 17, 2013 4:44AM
Updated: September 15, 2013 2:41AM
ANTIOCH — A draft plan of a multi-use trail will be shared with residents Thursday, July 18, from noon to 7 p.m. at Taste of Summer.
Staff from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will share the latest updates to plans for a future “lifestyle corridor” that will connect destinations throughout Antioch and beyond. CMAP staff will be at a table on the east side of Main Street during opening day of downtown village sidewalk sales and the annual Taste of Summer that runs through Sunday.
“We will set up on one of the public walkways that leads from Main Street east to the band shell,” said Dustin Nilsen, director of planning and zoning for Antioch.
“We encourage residents and business owners to stop by, view the plan and ask questions because public input is integral to shaping the plan, which is still in the draft phase,” said Nilsen, explaining the plan includes a number of routes and projects to create a pedestrian and open space corridor throughout the village.
Nilsen gave the example of Orchard Street, a main east-west corridor through the village, that could incorporate a bicycle and pedestrian path by simply restriping it for the short-term and in the long-term it is presented as a more ambitious project, rebuilding the road with a dedicated bicycle and pedestrian route.
“I like that one in particular because it recognizes the current condition now and encourages improvement without spending a lot of money. It’s such a simple fix short-term, but it has a more ambitious project in the long-run,” said Nilsen. Village staff is working with CMAP to develop the plan.
The lifestyle corridor could connect the Depot Street bike path, downtown Antioch, the Metra station, schools and Tiffany Road bike path to regional trails, including Kenosha County north of the state line on Trevor Road, Raven Glen and other Forest Preserve property on the eastern portion of the village and to a future bike and pedestrian path that would be tied into improvements on Route 173 east to Route 41 to connect to the Des Plaines River Trail.
The draft plan can be viewed at www.cmap.illinois.gov/antioch. After the final plan is prepared by CMAP, it will be presented to village officials for approval.