The City of Carbondale is pursuing grant funding through the US Department of Transportation's Neighborhood Access and Equity (NAE) Program for the Oak Street Extension Project.
This project would extend East Oak Street to Rendleman Road, providing a roadway across the natural barrier of Piles Fork Creek. The new roadway will be a "complete street" with a 5' sidewalk on the south side and a 10' shared-use path on the north side. The project will also include a parking area for a future trailhead to Green Earth's Pyles Fork Nature Preserve. This project will connect the northeast neighborhoods and the retail district on the east side of town. This will allow residents of NE Carbondale to avoid having to navigate the higher-speed roads with additional traffic signals that make up IL Route 13, thus improving safety and reducing travel time. The multi-use path will also provide better connectivity for those walking, biking, rolling, etc. The project is estimated to cost approximately $5.4 million. There is no match requirement for this grant. This project has been listed in the City's Capital Improvement Plan since 1985.
If you have any comments or questions about this project, please contact Economic Development Coordinator Cody Lueker by phone at 618-457-3232 or by email at [email protected] by September 26, 2023.