Lake Cook Road Bike Path

Lake County Division of Transportation | Highland Park, IL
Rendering of a proposed bike bath on Lake Cook Road in Illinois.

A new multi-use path is desired that will connect the Skokie Valley Bike Path terminus at Lake Cook Road to the Chicago Botanic Garden in Highland Park, Illinois. The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) selected Benesch to lead the Phase I preliminary engineering study.

Benesch has developed a three-stage approach to deliver the Phase I study for the project.

  1. Concept Study: The concept study phase will evaluate up to six conceptual path routes, including an assessment of alignments, ROW impacts, environmental impacts and cost. These path routes will be presented to authorities with jurisdiction for feedback. A Concept Design Conclusions Memo will document findings and selection of up to three routes for detailed alternative analysis.
  2. Alternatives Analysis: Based on the results of the concept study, a detailed evaluation will be completed for up to three concept routes. This will include alternative evaluation of geometrics, structures, safety and cost. A decision matrix will be created to rank each alternative and recommend a preferred alternative.
  3. Preferred Alternative Evaluation: Once the preferred alternative has been identified, final studies will be completed in support of Phase I processing. This will include, but not be limited to: Location Drainage Study (LDS); geometric design, including Intersection Design Studies (IDS); Section 4(f) and/or 6(f) processing; bridge Type, Size & Location (TSL) plans; and Project Development Report (PDR).

The additional tasks to be completed within Phase I include: environmental studies; hydraulic studies; geotechnical evaluation; utility coordination; topographic survey; and a public involvement program.