Hawk Hollow And Mallard Lake: County Farm Road Bridge And Trail Improvements

In September 2013, the Forest Preserve District entered into a professional services contract with TranSystems for Phase I and II engineering of the County Farm Road Bridge and Trail Improvements Project at Hawk Hollow and Mallard Lake forest preserves. The project includes the design of a multipurpose trail bridge over County Farm Road in Hanover Park (approx.0.75-miles north of Schick Road), a multipurpose trail bridge over a tributary of the West Branch DuPage River and approximately one mile of new multipurpose trails. The bridge and trail improvements will complete a missing link in the North Central DuPage Regional Trail, which will connect Cook County to the West Branch DuPage River Trail. At this time, construction of this project is anticipated to begin over summer 2016.

Click here for a map of the project.

The District and DuPage County executed an intergovernmental agreement for the County to provide up to $500,000 to fund the project in November 2012. That same month, the District accepted a $1 million grant through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. It was then awarded $1.98 million in federal funding through the Surface Transportation Program in December 2013. It was also awarded $1.28 million in state funding through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program in April 2014. The total cost of the project — including engineering and construction — is estimated at $4 million.

A construction contract was awarded to Martam Construction of Elgin. Construction started July 7 and the project is slated to be completed by the end of 2016. The turf trail at Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve will be temporarily routed around the construction zone. Portions of the North Central Regional Trail in Mallard Lake Forest Preserve, near Greenbrook Elementary School, will need to be closed periodically due to construction activities.

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