This bridge replacement project, with the state grant, enhances the integrity of the watershed crossings, and improves sight lines for the safety for all our trail users.Mike Clark, Executive Director
In 2019, Palatine Park District was the recipient of a $200,000 Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) bike trail grant that allowed the District to replace two bridges, as well as asphalt on an extended portion of the Palatine Trail. Additionally, the curves of the trail entering and exiting the bridges were softened to allow for safer bike riding and pedestrian conditions. This project began in August of 2020 and was completed on November 3, 2020.
“This section of the bike trail, where these bridges are located, was developed and installed in the mid-1970’s,” said Superintendent of Parks and Planning Jim Holder. “The bridges were installed at the same time to connect the trail on the west side of Hicks Road to the east side using the underpass that was built during the Hicks Road expansion to a four lane highway.”
Holder explained that both bridges are essential to provide trail users a safe passage underneath Hicks to get from side to side. “The original bridges lasted over 40 years and were at the end of their life cycle. The new bridges are steel framed super-structures with a concrete deck and are expected to outlive their predecessors by several years.”
The biggest challenge of the construction process was access to both bridges. To access the north bridge, two construction vehicles had to carry the bridge down the trail approximately 250 feet before it could be installed. “Getting the north bridge to its location was a sight to see,” said Holder. “However, besides gaining access the project went very smoothly, and the finished product looks great.”
“Trails are one of the top three park amenities used and valued by the community,” said Executive Director Mike Clark. “This bridge replacement project, with the state grant, enhances the integrity of the watershed crossings, and improves sight lines for the safety for all our trail users.”
For more information, contact Superintendent of Parks and Planning Jim Holder at 847.705.5131.