Bicycle & Pedestrian Project:
Shoe Factory Road & I-90 Undercrossing
The overall project scope includes two new bicycle path components.
- Pave the existing east-west dirt path in the Forest Preserve from IL 59 to the CN railroad tracks.
- Build a new north-south path on the west side of the railroad property connecting the Shoe Factory Road path to the path on the north side of Hoffman Boulevard in the Prairie Stone Business Park.
- For construction purposes, the project has been split into the two sections noted above.
The project has been in development for a number of years, creating a design to comply with all required State and Federal procedures in order to receive grant funds through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP). The project is a joint effort among the Village, Forest Preserves of Cook County, and the Hoffman Estates Park District. Federal funds will pay 80% of the project costs.
The east-west section of the project has advanced to a State project letting this fall which will lead to an award of a construction contract sometime later this year. The timing of construction of the east-west section in the Forest Preserve will be determined by the State and their selected contractor.
A portion of the north-south path alignment is located on CN Railroad property which requires their approval. Despite efforts by the Village, agreement with the railroad has not been reached. As such, the timing of when this work on the north-south portion might occur is very uncertain. The decision to split the overall project into two parts was based on accessing federal funds for as much as the project as possible before the approvals expired. The railroad’s refusal to agree to the north-south path alignment means only the east-west portion of the project can move to construction at this time.
Please click here to view a general concept of the project.