MT. VERNON — The city has applied for a grant to put sidewalks on Marteeny from Summersville Grade School to the Airport Park.
“If you have ever gone down Marteeny when children are going to or coming from school, you know there’s a problem,” Mayor Mary Jane Chesley said. “There are deep ditches and a narrow road and no sidewalks.”
The grant application will be made to the Safe Routes to School grant program, which is a federally funded program administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The grant supports projects and programs that enable and encourage walking and bicycling to and from school.
The grant, if awarded, would require a 20 percent matching grant from the city. The city is applying for $196,718.64 from IDOT for the grant. The engineer’s estimate of the project shows a five-foot wide sidewalk with handicap ramps, driveway crossing, pavement striping on Marteeny.
The Safe Routes to School program has funded activities at the Primary Center, specifically the annual “Walk to Chicago” fitness program. In addition, the city received a Safe Routes to School grant
that paid $249,000 for the sidewalks on Cherry Street from South 27th, Peach Street from 34th to 29th streets and on Jamison Street from Cherry to 27th Street which connected J.L. Buford Intermediate Center with Veterans Park.
According to City Manager Ron Neibert, the grant application will be submitted by the end of the month, and any award announcements are expected in three to four months after the application period ends.
City Councilman Dennis McEnaney said he would also like to know what additional upgrades in the width of the street and drainage would cost the city for future planning and consideration.