In Cooperation with IDOT, Jackson County and the cities of Carbondale and Murphysboro SIMPO has completed a study recommending a location for a proposed bike route between Carbondale and Murphysboro. The recommended route is a side path adjacent to Illinois Route 13. The path will be on the north side of IL 13 from Murphysboro to just east of Airport Road where it will cross under IL 13 on abandoned railroad right of way and then continue along the south side of IL 13 to New Era Road on the west side of Carbondale.
The first funded segment of this trail will include the underpass east of Airport Road and segments of the trail from Airport Road to Humane Road. This segment of the trail is being jointly funded by IDOT, Jackson County and the cities of Murphysboro and Carbondale. Construction of this segment is expected to begin in the spring of 2018. A recent newspaper article regarding the proposed trail can be seen at this link: The Southern – Paving a path for Murphysboro to Carbondale Bike Trail
A copy of the final report can be seen under the “SIMPO Studies” heading at this link: SIMPO Planning Documents