The longtime goal of Marseilles officials to extend a sidewalk up Rutland Street now appears closer.
Monday, the city was awarded an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program grant to do the preliminary engineering for a 5-foot-wide sidewalk from Fillebrowne Street, where the sidewalk now ends, north just under a mile to the OSF HealthCare clinic at 11th Street.
The grant also covers preliminary engineering of a sidewalk from Rutland Street northeast along Bratton Avenue to 10th Street, where it will connect with an existing sidewalk.
The ITEP grant will pay $14,400 toward the $20,600 total cost for the preliminary engineering. The remaining $4,200 will come from the city, said City Engineer Mike Etscheid.
The entire project is estimated to cost $427,540, he said. There will be a second phase of engineering and the actual construction.
The fact the first grant was awarded is a good sign, Etscheid said.
“Usually if they fund the first part, they will fund the rest,” he said.
Marseilles has applied for the sidewalk grant in the past.
The city’s last ITEP project, which was granted over a decade ago and took several years to complete, was for a walkway from downtown Marseilles under the Illinois River bridge to the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial.