Fehr Graham has been part of the South Beloit, Illinois, expansive bicycle path project for years in a long-range effort to develop a functional and safe place for cyclists.
Our team completed Phase I and Phase II engineering services to advance the project to its final stage to connect the cities of South Beloit and Beloit, Wisconsin.
During Phase I engineering, we obtained necessary planning approvals from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), which included environmental and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) design sign offs. During Phase II we completed the construction design for the path – keeping safety at the forefront - and developed pavement markings and signage along the route. In addition, we secured temporary easements and right of way from property owners. All ramps and sidewalks were designed to be updated to comply with ADA standards. A pedestrian crossing signal will be installed at the high-volume intersection Bailey Street and Illinois Route 75. We also prepared construction plans for bidding.
In 2013, the City of South Beloit received an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) grant to complete the project. We ensured compliance with Federal Highway Administration standards. We also adjusted the project scope and developed a strategy to avoid a bridge rebuild and railroad issues to stay within the City's allotted funding.
We worked closely with the Illinois Department of Transportation and property owners. Our close working relationship with the City kept us cognizant of the long-term goals, which we ensured were executed as planned.
The connection of the paths is expected to create a safer, greener option for the communities and increase commerce between South Beloit and Beloit.
AT A GLANCE
» Phase I engineering.
» Engineering plans and specifications.
» Community engagement and land acquisition.
» Environmental Survey Request.
» Project Development Report (PDR).
» Coordinated Federal Highway Administration Review Process.