A local school district in southern Illinois is getting $2 million for a project to expand travel options and improve quality of life in the community.

Marion Community Unit School District 2 is getting $2 million for the Crab Orchard Greenway Marion High School Connection Project, according to IDOT.  The grant funding comes from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, which awarded nearly $106 million to 99 projects throughout the state.

And that’s not the only local project getting a major boost.

The other local projects receiving funding include:

  • $2 million to Rides Mass Transit District for the Crab Orchard Greenway’s Illinois 148 and Transit Connection Project.
  • $2 million to the city of Carbondale for the bike path along Route 13 from Murphysboro Road to Wood Road.
  • $1.02 million to Jackson County for the Saluki Greenway Expansion Project from Airport Road to west of County Club Road.
  • $1.6 million to the city of Herrin for downtown pedestrian safety improvements.
  • $1.58 million to the city of Marion for phase 1A of a downtown mobility improvement project.
  • $685,000 to West Frankfort for the second phase of a downtown streetscape project.