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Union Pacific Bicycle Path Project

Location: Former Union Pacific Railroad corridor between Devon Avenue and Touhy Avenue – MAP

Estimated Start of Construction: August 8, 2016

Estimated Completion of Construction: November, 2016

Contractor: Alliance Contractors, Inc.

Project Description: The multi-use path will provide connectivity for bicyclists and pedestrians between Devon and Touhy Avenues on the east side of Lincolnwood. The asphalt path will be 12 feet wide with a 2 foot gravel shoulder on each side. The path will be constructed on land that has been purchased from the Union Pacific Railroad.

Estimated Construction Cost: $955,000

Funding Source: The Village has received a federally funded Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant, which pays for 80% of the construction cost; the remaining 20% of the construction costs is being paid for with Village TIF funds.

Project Updates: Update (September 30, 2016) – The contractor has nearly completed the installation of the first layer of asphalt, with only a small section remaining between Touhy and Central Park Avenues. The path is beginning to look more and more like a completed recreation path; however, the Village reminds residents that the path is still an active construction site.


Update (September 26, 2016) – Alliance Contractors has completed the installation of the stone base for the path and will begin this week to install the first layer of asphalt. Once that is complete, a second layer of asphalt will be installed and the final grade of the path will be established.


Update (September 9, 2016) – Alliance Contractors has begun excavation and installation of the stone base for the path. To date, they have completed the section between Touhy Avenue and Northeast Parkway and continue to move south.

Update (August 22, 2016) – While surveying the project, Alliance Contractors identified a number of old railroad ties along the property north of Central Park Avenue. Over the past week, they have worked to remove the ties and properly dispose of them.

Update (August 1, 2016) – A contract has been awarded to Alliance Contractors for the construction of the multi-use path along the former Union Pacific right-of-way. Alliance anticipates starting construction later this month and completing the project in November.

Update (April 1, 2016) – The Union Pacific Bicycle Path project will be bid by the Illinois Department of Transportation and is scheduled to be included with their June letting.

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