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Proposed Bridge and Trail Project

The Village's Comprehensive Plan envisions a number of key amenities that will help bring our community together. One item is a plan for a better connected trail system, and a bridge to safely cross Route 59. The Village held a public forum on February 25 to get input from the community regarding its proposed bridge and trail alignments along the Route 59 corridor. Optional-Alignment_newsletter.gif During the forum, d
ozens of residents asked questions, and offered suggestions and input on the proposed bike and pedestrian plan and design options for the proposed bridge over Route 59. For a summary of these results, click here.

An open house was held to provide an opportunity to review details of the project and gather feedback from residents on proposed treatments and amenities to be offered. Roughly 20 residents came to review the proposals, discuss the project, and offer feedback and suggestions. To review the information provided, click here.

The proposed improvements are part of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan and include a new trail connections at Irving Park Road and Madison Drive. This trail would connect to a pedestrian and bicycle path and bridge that would take travelers across Route 59 to the existing path system on the west side of Route 59. The Village has secured grant funding to make this vision and reality. The plans call for a boardwalk-style path to minimize the impact on existing wetlands, moving toward a steel truss bridge that would safely carry bikers and walkers over, and permit traffic along, Route 59.

BikeSEED.pngThe bridge project is part of our overall goal of bringing our community together. Integral to this endeavor has been an assessment of existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Working with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and the Village of Bartlett, we were able to secure funding for the development of an inventory, assessment, and prioritization of existing, planned, and future pathway connections.

A public hearing was held to discuss the results of this effort. Click here to review the presentation offered at this hearing. Public input is still being sought. Please click here to review our progress to date, offer comments, and get up to date information on this plan.