More engineering work OK’d for Veterans Memorial Trail
By Susan DeMar lafferty email@example.com June 18, 2014 6:02PM
Updated: July 21, 2014 2:25PM
The Will County Forest Preserve District Board has advanced plans for the newest section of the Veterans Memorial Trail project, from 127th Street in Lemont to U.S. 6 in New Lenox, by awarding an $814,851 contract for the second phase of engineering services.
URS Corp., of Chicago, received the contract last week to prepare construction bid documents. The contract mostly is being paid for by a $652,200 grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The forest preserve district is paying about $163,000, or 20 percent of the cost.
The first phase of engineering for the $8.5 million trail project, which determined the trail alignment, environmental studies and cost estimates, has been completed and is being reviewed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The engineering work is expected to take 18 to 24 months and then construction could begin on the newest segment of the recreational trail, which could take another 18 to 24 months, according to Ralph Schultz, director of planning and operations for the forest preserve district.
The trail is planned to run near or along Interstate 355, also known as the Veterans Memorial Tollway, officials said.
The plan is to install the trail in three segments as the forest preserve district seeks multiple grants for engineering and construction.
The northern portion, from Internationale Parkway to the Centennial Trail at 135th Street, is set to open in a few months.
The southern portion has two components — the north-south trail from 127th Street to U.S. 6 and an east-west trail connecting the Centennial Trail to the Veterans Memorial Tollway.