Current / Future Projects

Ryan Wolters Memorial Bridge

The Ryan Wolters Memorial Bridge is currently under construction and will complete Phase I of the TREC project. The bridge, which will be completed this summer, will cross the Little Wabash River and link the two sections of Phase I to eliminate the current gap in the trail system.

U.S. 40 Extension to Effingham High School

The southern portion of the trail ending at the intersection of Outer Belt West and U.S. 40 will extend eastbound on U.S. 40 to Effingham High School. The addition will allow trail users to access the trail system from both the high school and Effingham Junior High School.

Phase III

Phase III is currently under way, including the construction of a 10-foot-wide concrete trail extending the existing trail to the Lake Sara area, which has a population of about 500 residents near an 800-acre recreation lake. Expected to be complete in 2012, this phase will more than double the size of the existing trail and allow for recreational trail users to access two areas of the county, including access to Effingham High School and Effingham Junior High School. Also, two parking lots that include eight spaces each are part of this phase. All areas of the trail are handicap accessible. As part of this phase, a landmark trestle bridge will be constructed and will be an architectural highlight of the trail. Phase IV will extend the trail from Nazarene Church Road northwest into the Hilltop area northwest of Lake Sara.

IDOT Pedestrian Bridge

Illinois Department of Transportation plans to construct a pedestrian bridge crossing the six lanes of traffic on Interstates 57 and 70. The bridge will connect to the current trail system near Outer Belt West and provide access onto West Fayette Avenue.