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Recreational Trails Program Award

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Jane Addams Trail

Project sponsor: Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Award Category: Construction and Design - Local
2003 Annual Achievement Award winner: for trail projects funded through the Recreational Trails Program of the Federal Highway Administration

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Bridge decking on the Jane Addams rail trail

One of the RTP's hallmarks and attractions is its flexibility. It can be used for all kinds of projects that vary tremendously in scope. As a result, where appropriate, the Coalition has tried to recognize both local and statewide programs, both big projects and small.

The Coalition for Recreational Trails is proud to recognize the Jane Addams Trail with its Annual Achievement Award for Local Construction and Design. With RTP funding assistance, 10 miles of aggregate-surface trail were constructed on a former Illinois Central Railroad corridor in northwestern Illinois.


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Concrete trail finishing

Twenty-one railroad bridges, comprising over 1,400 total linear feet, were renovated with timber decking and 42 inch railings. Two farm equipment/animal crossings were installed with multi-gate systems.

The trail has been developed due to the hard work of an energetic group of trail enthusiasts, including snowmobilers and bicyclists, many other environmentally-oriented individuals, and staff from several different government agencies.

Here in Washington, DC to accept the CRT Annual Achievement Award in the category of Construction and Design - Local is Greg Hodges, Senior Trail Advisor for the Illinois Association of Snowmobile Clubs.

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Illinois' Jane Addams Trail


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