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Matching Grant to Fund Crescent Blvd. Improvements

The Village of Glen Ellyn will receive funding from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program to beautify Crescent Boulevard.

The Village of Glen Ellyn was awarded a $73,440 grant, which is will use to make improvements along Crescent Boulevard.

The funding was awarded to the village as part of the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, which will used to fund projects in State Sen. Kirk Dillard’s 24th District.

A total of $923,240 was awarded for projects in the district, according to Dillard’s office.

Locally, Glen Ellyn and Oak Brook both applied for funds to be used in streetscape beautification.

“Each day approximately 750,000 people travel through DuPage County. These projects help to retain and attract business, while also enhancing the quality of life in DuPage, which remains a premier place to live and work,” Dillard said in a news release.

The Glen Ellyn project is one of 54 transportation projects across the state that will benefit from more than $50 million in Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program funding, according to Dillard’s office.

The Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program is a federally-funded, competitive program that encourages transportation-related enhancement projects in a variety of categories, according to Dillard’s office. The federal funds are awarded competitively, and any local or state government with taxing authority is eligible to apply. Local matching funds are required, and work must begin on the projects within three years.

J. Burket February 15, 2013 at 03:34 AM
Here is a really cool way to improve Crescent Street. About four months ago, UPS installed a drop box on the corner of Main and Crescent with zero permission from the village. UPS didn't get permission because they never asked. After all, why not use the age old it-is-better-to-beg-for-forgiveness-than-ask-for-permission routine. The Village Manager assured me that the box was placed there illegally, but it still sits there . . . adding to the clutter of the street. If anyone has a long, heavy chain and an F-350 pick-up, meet me for beers tomorrow night and afterward we can rid the village of this repetitive (there are already two UPS boxes in the CBD) eyesore. Imagine the fun watching the sparks as we drag it eastward on Crescent.

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