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Monday, January 05, 2009

MetroLink Bike Trail extension hearing set for Tuesday

The St. Clair County Transit District will hold an informational meeting Tuesday about the proposed extension of the walking and biking trail along the MetroLink light-rail tracks, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

The meeting will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the community room at High Mount School at 1721 Boul Ave. in Swansea, Ill. All people who are interested in the project are encouraged to attend the meeting to talk to representatives of the district and the engineers of the project.

The proposal includes a trail that will follow MetroLink from North End Park in Belleville through the Swansea MetroLink Station in Swansea and to the Memorial Hospital MetroLink Station in Belleville.

I suggest that if you care about bicycle trails in St. Clair County -- we're miles and miles behind neighboring Madison County -- you attend the meeting and give the district and engineers some input. Let's hope some of the design flaws in the current trails that serve Belleville can be avoided this time around.

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