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Illinois, Indiana working together to connect bike and hike trails

October 12, 2011 at 08:56 AM

The Associated Press

MUNSTER, Ind. — Officials in Indiana and Illinois are working together on a $70 million plan to connect hiking and biking trails.

The Times of Munster reports that the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association is supporting the plan. The Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission endorsed the plan last month.

The plan, called Calumet Connections, has been pushed by an alliance of alternative transportation groups throughout Chicagoland and northwestern Indiana.

Mitch Barloga, the commission’s non-motorized transportation and greenways director, says the goal is to have local projects in Indiana and Illinois ready to go if Congress allocates the money.

The trail networks in both states have mainly been funded by federal grants that seek to provide alternatives to roads and highways for getting to work, play and shopping.

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