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Federal grant aims to make Veterans Parkway safer for pedestrians and bicyclists

Drivers on Veterans Parkway
Emily Bollinger
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WGLT
A federal grant will enable the McLean County Regional Planning Commission to develop a safety improvement plan for Veterans Parkway in Bloomington-Normal.

Federal funding is coming to McLean County to help make Veterans Parkway safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

One of Bloomington-Normal's busiest roads was the site of two fatal pedestrian collisions in 2019.

The McLean County Regional Planning Commission requested the funding as part of its campaign to reduce traffic crashes and deaths throughout the county.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said the $100,000 RAISE (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) grant comes from the $1 billion U.S. Department of Transportation program formerly known as BUILD and TIGER grants.

“These are funds that we have voted for in the past that the U.S Department of Transportation in a competitive manner announced (Tuesday),” Davis said.

Davis' office said the project could include ramps for better disability access, improved signage and land bridges.

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