Touhy Avenue Overpass Project

Location: Valley Line Trail between approximately Estes and Chase Avenues

Start of Construction: Fall, 2017

Estimated Completion of Construction: Fall, 2018

Contractor: Areatha Construction

Project Description: The Village will be installing a multi-use recreation path bridge over Touhy Avenue. The bridge will allow users of the Valley Line Trail to safely cross Touhy Avenue and serve as a gateway feature for the Village. The bridge will be a three-span truss bridge made of corten steel with mechanically stabilized embankments (MSE) approach walls. The bridge will include a sign that reads “Village of Lincolnwood” on the center span as well as a variety of accent lighting and landscaping features.

Estimated Construction Cost: $3,700,000

Funding Source: This project has been awarded a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant, where 80% of the total cost is paid for using Federal funds.

Project Updates: Update (September 10, 2018) – Following a delay caused by the Labor Day holiday which made it difficult to get the necessary interstate trucking permits, the bridge structure has finally arrived. The contractor is working this week to assemble the three spans (see photo) and will begin installation of the outside spans by the end of the week. Installation of the center span requires a full closure of Touhy Avenue, which will occur in 15 minute increments on the night of Sunday, September 16th into Monday September 17th. The structure will be completely installed by Monday morning. The contractor will then begin working to pour the bridge deck and stairs, install the lighting, signage, and landscaping. Work is expected to be fully complete by the end of the month.

Update (August 17, 2018) – The bridge structure is expected to be delivered on August 30th and installation will begin shortly thereafter. Once the bridge structure arrives, the contractor will be installing the three spans over a 48 hour period. The first two spans to be installed are between the piers and the abutments, outside of the roadway and will be installed during normal working hours. The final span to be installed is the center span that crosses Touhy Avenue, which will be done overnight to allow for  Touhy to be completely shut down. Shut downs will occur for 15 minute increments to periodically allow traffic to flow through the street. A detour will be established and a message board will be set up at least five days in advance. Once we have a firm installation date, we will be notifying the condos. After the bridge structure is installed, the contractor will be working to pour the bridge deck and stairs and install the lighting, signage, and landscaping. Work is expected to be substantially complete on September 10th with all punch list items finished two weeks later.

Update (July 18, 2018) – The contractor is still awaiting approval of the bridge structure shop drawings from IDOT following several rounds of review and comment. In the meantime, the contractor has continued to work on the installation of the irrigation system and decorative stamped concrete.

Update (July 6, 2018) – The contractor continues to wait for approval of the bridge structure shop drawings from IDOT. In the meantime, work continues to progress with the pre-cast concrete approach walls being painted. The walls are intended to be colored in a similar manner as natural stone and allow for the logos on the east side of the bridge to stand out.

Update (June 6, 2018) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has been working since the start of the project to review and approve the shop drawings for the bridge structure. Unfortunately, they are not yet approved and the bridge will not be installed prior to the originally anticipated completion date of June 15, 2018. The Village will continue to work with the contractor and IDOT to obtain approval of the shop drawings to allow for fabrication of the bridge.

Update (May 31, 2018) – The Touhy Avenue Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass bridge continues to progress. Utility relocation is complete. The contractor is continuing to build the approach walls an install masonry. Electrical conduit is also in the process of being installed. Painting of the brick on the approach walls should begin in the next two weeks. The main bridge section is awaiting final approval from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Update (April 11, 2018) – Construction of the Touhy Overpass projects continues with the contractor, Areatha construction, building the MSE (mechanically stabilized earth) approach walls on the north side of the street. Additionally, ComEd and AT&T have been working to relocate utilities on the south side of the street. Areatha anticipates completing the northern approach this week and starting work on the south side next Tuesday.

Update (March 28, 2018) – Construction of the Touhy Avenue Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass continues with installation of the mechanically stabilized earth (MSEA) approach walls. The concrete walls will be stained to look like stone after the installation is complete. This work is anticipated to continue over the next month. In addition to the wall work, over the next couple of weeks the contractor will be working to install the brick around the vertical concrete abutments and piers.

Update (March 14, 2018) – Construction of the overpass continue with the contractor performing sub-grade work to prepare for the erection of the bridge’s walls. It is anticipated that by the end of next week, the vertical walls panels will start to be installed. This work is expected to take a little over a month to complete.

Update (February 14, 2018) – Construction on the Pedestrian/Bike Overpass continues as weather permits. The contractor has poured concrete for the north and south abutment rear walls. The next stage in the project is to begin construction of the mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls which should occur within the next few weeks. The projects is anticipate to be completed in June 2018.

Update (December 13, 2017) – Construction of the Touhy overpass bridge is continuing. Crews are currently setting the bridge’s foundation and will likely pour concrete next week, weather permitting. Crews also begun framing the bridge’s column.

Update (November 15, 2017) – The sub base of the northern access path is complete and ready for paving. Crews are currently excavating to the sub base for the southern access path. Paving of both path is schedule for November 27, weather permitting. The storm sewer installation on the south side of Touhy Avenue I snow complete. After completion of the local access paths, Areatha Construction will begin excavating for the footings of the overpass.

Update (November 8, 2017) – Construction of the Touhy Overpass continued this week with the contractor installing the stone base for the local access path on the north side of Touhy Avenue. Additionally, they have been working t install a new storm sewer on the south side of Touhy Avenue which will convey stormwater from the bridge in to the existing sewer on Touhy Avenue.

Update (November 1, 2017) – Over the past week, the Village’s contractor continued to cut the north local access path to the sub-base on the north side of Touhy and began work to create the local access path on the south side of Touhy. Additionally, a truck entrance was installed and utility coordination continued.

Update (October 25, 2017) – Construction on the Pedestrian/Bike Overpass project is underway. Utilities that are in conflict are being relocated. Silt fence is also being installed throughout thejob limits.

Update (October 18, 2017) – Tree clearing for the Touhy Avenue Overpass project will be completed this week. The next step in the project is to install the local access path to enter  and exit bridge. The path will be completed within the next couple of weeks.

Update (October 11, 2017) – The contractor for the Touhy Overpass has begun staging and expects to start tree removal next Monday. The work will require a complete closure of the Valley Line Trail Path to protect users of the path from flying debris. A flagger will be present on the path to escort users of the path through the work zone. It is expected that this work will take one week to complete.

Update (October 4, 2017) – Construction on the Touhy Overpass begins next Monday. Contractors will begin this long-anticipated project with staging, traffic protection and some tree clearing. Homer Tree Service anticipates beginning this workt at the end of next week of beginning of the following.

Update (August 9, 2017) – Contractor bids for the Touhy Overpass were opened last week. The chosen bid at $3.9 million was approximately $33 thousand less than the engineer’s estimate. Areatha Construction will begin work in 60 days with estimated completion next summer.

 Update (March 21, 2017) – The project is currently in the design phase and plans are under review by IDOT. It is anticipated that the project will be released for bid in the summer.