PERIOD OF SERVICES
March 2013 to November 2014
AT A GLANCE
» Aided IDOT project development.
» Designed preliminary trail and bridge.
» Attended public meetings with landowners and local agencies.
» Aided in appraisals and land acquisition documents.
» Obtained environmental clearances.
» Completed topographic survey.
» Construction plans and bid documents preparation.
» Obtained permits.
» Completed construction staking and observation.
In 2008, Fehr Graham became part of the team which had been working for nearly 20 years to make the Kickapoo Trail a reality. This project includes the replacement of an old railroad track with a bike path. From 2008 to 2011, Phase I engineering and environmental work was completed to allow land acquisition of the old CSX rail line to begin. This involved coordination with the communities along the 24.5-mile route, landowners, CSX railroad, Illinois Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).
In March 2014, land acquisition for the corridor was completed, and design of construction plans were in progress. We encountered some challenges, including determining how to retrofit two railroad bridges to become pedestrian- and cycle-safe highlights of the trail. Funding for the project came from several state and federal grants, including three Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program grants and from the IDNR Recreational Trails Program.
The Kickapoo Trail will be built in several phases. It started with a 7-mile section in Champaign County that was completed in 2016 and a 3-mile section in Vermilion County finished in 2017. The finished trail will run from Weaver Park in Urbana, Illinois, to Kickapoo State Park in Danville, Illinois. The trail is open from Urbana, Illinois, to St. Joseph, Illinois, and the remaining 15 miles will be built as funding allows.