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Carbondale Seeking Public Comments for Reconstruction of Piles Fork Greenway Multi-Use Path

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale is beginning plans to reconstruct and expand the Piles Fork Greenway Multi-Use Bike Path. The path currently runs along Piles Fork Creek, with termini at East Grand Avenue and East Walnut Street and a spur to South Wall Street. The proposed project consists of the following improvements:

  • Replacement of the existing 8-foot wide asphalt path with a 10-foot wide paved path
  • Extension of the multi-use path to the north and east, along East Walnut Street, to connect with the Crab Orchard Greenway
  • Signage aligning with the City’s Bike Wayfinding Plan
  • Enhanced pedestrian, bicycle, and micromobility access & street crossings

The alignment of the proposed work will be confined to existing City Rights of Way. A map of the project is available on our Community Development page.

This project is proposed in the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP), but the City will seek funding through the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Transportation Enhancement Program grant.

There will be an informational meeting to answer questions and receive comments on the proposed design for the project on Tuesday, September 20th, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Carbondale Fire Station 1 located at 600 East College Street.  Attendants arriving by car should park in the city lot across from the fire station, on the south side of College Street. Those with mobility issues may park in the fire station lot off Wall Street.

If you are unable to attend or prefer not to attend the meeting, contact the City’s Community Development Department using any of the following methods:

  • Verbal comments may be given over the phone by calling (618) 457-3233
  • Comments may be mailed to the City of Carbondale Development Management Division at 200 S. Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, IL 62901
  • Comments may be emailed to Molly Maxwell at mmaxwell@explorecarbondale.com

The City would like to receive feedback from the public regarding this project. All responses are important, including comments expressing that there are no concerns.