Sugar Grove Shared Use Path over Blackberry Creek

Village of Sugar Grove | Sugar Grove, IL
Aerial view of planned shared-use path in Sugar Grove, IL.

The Village of Sugar Grove, in partnership with the Sugar Grove Park District and the Kane County Forest Preserve, will be constructing a new shared-use path connection between Belle Vue Lane to the south and the Virgil Gilman Trail to the north in Sugar Grove, IL. This proposed trail connection will include the construction of a new bridge over Blackberry Creek. The improvement will include a 10-foot wide shared-use path with 3-foot-wide grass shoulders approaching a new single-span prefabricated steel through-truss pedestrian bridge over Blackberry Creek.

As a subconsultant to Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI), Benesch provided Phase I structural engineering services for the project. This included preliminary design and development of the IDOT-approved Type, Size & Location (TSL) plans for the new pedestrian bridge over Blackberry Creek. The prefabricated steel through-truss bridge will be approximately 80 feet long and will be supported by concrete abutments on deep foundations. The pedestrian bridge will have a 10-foot clear width and include a cyclist/pedestrian rub and safety rail.

The project received ITEP funding and has shifted into Phase II design. Benesch was selected to continue leading the structural engineering services for Phase II and also provide structural support to Phase III construction. The Phase II design will build on the approved TSL plans and design concept from Phase I, with proper design considerations for construction in/over the waterway.