Quigley Briefed on 606 Multiuse Trail Extension
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) participated in a briefing with the City of Chicago and Cook County on the extension of the 606 multiuse trail. Earlier this year, Quigley submitted the 606 trail to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as one of his Member Designated Projects. It was included in the House-passed INVEST in America Act last month. The City and County provided Quigley with an update on the extension project and their joint plans for securing the additional funding necessary to move the project forward.
“Communities need accessible transportation and outdoor recreation. The 606 multiuse trail provides open space for diverse neighborhoods that previously had only very limited access to outdoor space,” said Quigley. “I was so proud to support the 606 trail when I submitted it for funding and equally proud when the Committee approved it. Today’s briefing has emphasized the importance of continuing to support this project until the legislation is signed into law and the City receives funding.”
“City of Chicago sees investment in open spaces, multi-use trails, and safe non-car transportation corridors as an important part of our recently released Strategic Plan for Transportation. We are excited to have strong partnerships with Congressman Quigley and Cook County to chart a path forward for the 606 extension east to Elston Avenue,” said CDOT Commissioner Gia Biagi. “We will continue to advance planning and design components of the extension this year and next, which will make this project competitive for local and federal grants in the future.”
“Investing in pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure is a crucial aspect in supporting healthy and thriving communities. Cook County is pleased to continue its commitment to advance the planning and design for the 606 trail in partnership with the City of Chicago and Representative Quigley. Prioritizing multimodal transportation solutions is critical to meeting the needs of our residents across the City and County for safe and efficient access to transit, commuting and recreational needs,” said Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways Superintendent Jennifer “Sis” Killen. “This collaborative approach helps align resources to advance the project for future funding opportunities.”
The 606 is a 2.7-mile multi-use recreational trail and park in Chicago. Quigley successfully secured $1.5 million in the INVEST in America Act to extend the trail from Ashland Avenue to Elston Avenue, a distance of approximately 1050 feet. The extension will provide a safe connection between the east and west sides of the Kennedy Expressway and UP Railroad tracks.