The Marquette Greenway Trail Project will stretch 58 miles (93 km) and connect Calumet Park on Chicago’s southeast side to downtown New Buffalo in Michigan.
The future bike trail is part of a redevelopment project of former industrial land along the Indiana Lake shoreline that began in 2003. The small portion in Illinois, from Calumet Park to the Indiana border, is already built, as are 22 miles of trail along the route in Indiana. Another 32 miles are mapped out and funded by a $17.8 million federal grant issued last year.
"Residents of Southwest Michigan take a day trip to Chicago very often. Being able to do it on a bike would certainly be beneficial," says Marcy Hamilton, deputy executive director of the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission.
We previously published that Chicago Mayor Laurie Lightfoot had announced a new capital investment plan for Chicago of more than $2 billion.