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Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009 06:58 pm


The Springfield Bicycle Club and the Springfield Park District will team up this weekend to celebrate the grand reopening of the Interurban Trail.

The trail, a seven-mile asphalt trail that runs from the intersection of Wabash Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard in Springfield to Chatham, was rerouted and temporarily closed in some sections during construction on the new MacArthur extension.

Lynn Miller, a Springfield Bicycle Club member, says the trail also faced permanent closure until U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., stepped in to help. The senator also helped add a new loop along the west side of the future Legacy Point that features a tunnel and bike bridge.

The celebration begins at 1 p.m. Sun., Oct. 25, at the MacArthur Tunnel. Durbin and other public officials will attend.