By Raquel Winke for SUST 210*
The northwest suburb Hoffman Estates will undergo a bike-friendly path and route expansion. This project will include three major phases. The first phase of the Hoffman Estate’s Shoe Factory Road/I-90 Bicycle and Pedestrian Project will consist of resurfacing the pavement of an existing trail in Popular Creek Forest Preserve. The second phase involves the creation of a north-south cement trail along the Canadian National railroad tracks. This trail will lie under the Interstate I-90 and Hoffman Boulevard bridges.
As Mike Hankey, the village director of transportation, says in this recent Daily Herald news article, it will be “a desire for ways for people to cross the tollway by means other than driving.” The third phrase will encompass the installation of bike route signs (as seen in the map) on streets from Prarie Stone business park north to Prarie Stone Wellness Center.
Who will spearhead the Hoffman Estate’s Shoe Factory Road/I-90 Bicycle and Pedestrian Project? How extensive will the expansion be? How much will the construction cost the village? When will the bike trail be completed? After absorbing these answers you will not only be intrigued by this movement, you will become delighted for those suburbanites who stand to benefit from the project.
The Village of Hoffman Estates is looking forward to selecting their consultant to execute the plan by late December of 2013. The expansion will be roughly a total of two and one-half miles in length in addition to the 26+ miles of existing trails throughout the Forest Preserve and Parks.
The construction cost is estimated at $845,000, divided among the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP), the Hoffman Estates Park District, and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Federal funds from the ITEP will cover the majority of project costs, about $676,000, while the two districts will cover the remainder of funds.
It’s possible that the project may be delayed until 2015 or 2016, as a result of Interstate I-90 widening, as Hankey noted to the Daily Herald. This “continuity and connectivity” will significantly enhance the village’s image and sustainability efforts, as will the other 53 selected project sites also receiving funds from ITEP for their own communities.
Submitted 22 Feb 2013
* Each week during the Spring 2013 semester, two to three students in the SUST 210 Sustainable Future online/Schaumburg class at Roosevelt University will contribute blog posts to the Schaumburg’s Sustainable Future website.