SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois transportation officials are announcing $31 million in expanded travel options.

Randy Blankenhorn is state transportation secretary. He said Wednesday that his agency has approved 33 projects to improve biking and walking paths, trails, beautify street-sides and more.

The projects are possible through federal money flowing through the Illinois Department of Transportation. The Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program emphasizes improvements for pedestrians and bikers and beautification of street ways.

IDOT received 241 applications to fund specific projects. The next round will be announced in 2018.

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