The village of Arlington Heights could become more pedestrian and bicycle friendly if village engineers secured grants from the Illinois Department of Transportation for four major projects.
IDOT’s Illinois Transportation Improvement Program recently announced a call for projects that could provide 80% state funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvement projects. At its September 19 meeting, the village council approved the Arlington Heights Village Engineers’ request for money.
“ITEP grant applications require a village resolution committing to fund the local share, or 20 percent, of all funds awarded,” Village Engineer Michael Pagones told Pioneer Press. “At this stage, the scope and costs of the project are not finalized and will depend on the selection of a recommended alternative from the Phase 1 project study. Resolutions are simply a requirement to submit a request for ITEP grant.
Phase I of the first project includes an ongoing study by Civiltech Engineering Inc., to assess the possibility of introducing bicycle lanes on Windsor Drive from Lillian Avenue to Crabtree Drive, according to memos from village staff. The project would reduce the roadway to one lane in each direction, introduce a two-way left turn lane and a cycle lane in each direction. Additionally, the sidewalks would be widened to 8 feet in width with Americans with Disabilities Act improvements.
The second project is the addition of buffered cycle lanes on Goebbert Road from Golf Road to Falcon Drive. The project has been identified as a high priority by the Village’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee due to its access to single and multi-family residential developments, as well as the Forest View Education Center and the Snowshoe and Fitness Club of Forest View, depending on the village. staff memos. It serves as the southern segment of the Douglas and Dryden Bike Trail and should be an important connection to the proposed bike trail on Falcon Drive and Willow Lane to Mount Prospect and Kopp/High Ridge Knolls Park Trail.
The third and fourth projects are part of downtown brick-pavers streetscape improvements while providing pedestrian accommodations at Union Pacific’s downtown crossings. Earlier this year, the council approved a contract with Haeger Engineering for design services for the downtown train station and its three downtown pedestrian crossings, as well as the improvement of public sidewalks on Evergreen Avenue , Dunton Avenue, Vail Avenue and on Wing Street from Vail to Chestnut. avenues to improve ADA accessibility in the area, according to Village staff notes.
Project officials are currently obtaining right-of-way clearance from Union Pacific, and construction is expected to begin in 2023.
The village council has approved a resolution committing the village’s share of the funding arrangement so that grant applications can be submitted.
Elizabeth Owens-Schiele is independent.