Updates

Big news updates from the Cal-Sag Coaltion (the towns and park districts building the trail) are posted on this page, courtesy of FOCST board member Bill Poore. For past updates, check out the Minutes page.

[Bill (re)Poore, 3/15/2016]

(Submitted by guest updater Steve Buchtel).

West Segment

  • Alsip: 127th St./IL 83 intersection improvement scheduled for 2016 letting
  • Cook County FPD: IL 83/IL 171 improvements including ADA ramps & improved crossing signals scheduled for 2016 letting


East Segment

Alsip

  • CSX collaborating with AECOM and Alsip on three at-grade crossings; AECOM’s waiting on comments from CSX regarding Professional Engineering agreement. AECOM is preparing plats for Greif and Swap-O-Rama easements; the flea market easement is for spur connection to 127th St. crossing. On target for fall 2016 letting.

 

Blue Island

  • Chatham Street bridge work to start any day. The city council officially approved the Fay’s Point alignment; FPD and Blue Island are drafting an agreement for the Little Calumet bridge construction, which is currently with FPD legal for comments. Blue Island’s also drafting an agreement with FPD and Riverdale for trail construction out to Halsted; likely a November 2016 letting.
  • Letting for Blue Island west of Chatham St. likely 2017; Phase 2 needs to be completed for the new alignment on Grove Street, including agreements with CSX for the two viaducts.

 

Riverdale

  • A notable change to the trail alignment: Cook County Dept. of Transportation & Highways rejected the alignment utilizing the 138th/Halsted signals. The alternative (if traveling southbound on Halsted) wraps the trail coming off the improved bridge to the right and loops it back under the bridge to enter the Riverdale municipal property north of 138th St., exiting onto 138th Street a few hundred feet east of the light. Which is kind of cool and always looked like it should be the trail alignment.
  • The “chicken shack” at  Halsted/134th: AECOM is recommending condemnation of the required easement. Riverdale seems amenable to that.
  • Riverdale segment, including Halsted bridge, on track for September 2016 letting.

 

Dolton, Cal-City & Burnham

  • Village of Dolton contracts suspended for now. Dolton Park District, Cal City & Burnham on track for Fall 2016 letting. AECOM’s exploring a small realignment across an identified wetland in Burnham Prairie between I-94 and Paxton. The wetland is over an acre, which triggers a more involved environmental review process. AECOM is trying to avoid the delay by finding a route around or across that wouldn’t trigger the review.
  • Burnham approved the off-street alternative alignment from Torrence to Village Hall (IDOT had objected to the trail using alleyways), where it transitions back to street routing to the Burnham Greenway.

 

[Bill (re)Poore, 6/15/2015]

WEST END

  • Palos Heights segment—Substantially complete. Punch list items remain.
  • Cook Count FPD segment—Paving complete. Finalizing with landscaping in Fall. 3. Alsip/Palos Park segment-Paving complete. Finalizing with landscaping in Fall.
  • Trinity segment—Regrading and paving will take place when weather allows.

 

EAST END

  • Phase 1-Design approval received May 15.
  • Phase 2-Kickoff meeting held with IDOT on May 14 and Phase 2 underway.
  • Best estimate based on existing construction funding and situation today is that Phase 3 construction will take place in increments with the east end of Blue Island in early 2016 (letting January 2016), Riverdale in 2016 (letting March 2016), and the balance of the east end in 2017.

 

SIGNAGE & WAYFINDING

  • Western Remac contract executed August 4 and 99%+ complete. Final invoices received. Only a few community plaques remaining to be delivered

 

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

  • Initial discussion to establish a permanent trail oversight committee on hold.

 

[Bill (re)Poore,  2/17/2015]

Biggest news of the meeting: construction to close the 3+ mile gap in the Burnham Greenway, just north of the Cal-Sag Trail’s terminus, begins this summer and fall. Closing the gap will connect the Cal-Sag Trail to the Chicago Lakefront.

WEST END

  • Palos Heights segment-Punch list and a few miscellaneous items to be complete in Spring.
  • Cook Count FPD segment-90% of base is down. Bridge delivered but deck needs to be poured. Completion in Spring.
  • Alsip/Palos Park segment-90% of base is down. Sidewalks at intersections and block walls not complete. Parking lot at 86th Avenue complete except for paving. Completion in Spring.
  • Trinity segment-Trinity moving trail closer to Cal Sag for reduced interference with parking and to solve ADA issue. This segment of trail may be complete by June 1.

 

EAST END

  • Phase 1 preliminary planning/engineering—Projected completion by end February. Phase 2 Notice to Proceed on design engineering 1st quarter, 2015 or early 2nd quarter.
  • Best estimate based on existing construction funding and situation today is that Phase 3 construction will take place in increments with the east end of Blue Island in 2015, Riverdale in 2016, and the balance of the east end in 2017.

 

SIGNS & WAYFINDING

  • Western Remac contract executed August 4 and 95+% complete. Gateway elements being delivered directly to each community with remaining signage being stored by Alsip Park District.

 

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

  • Initial discussion to establish a permanent trail oversight committee on hold likely until 2016 when more trail construction is complete.

 


 

[Bill (re)Poore,  10/21/2014]

WEST END

  • Palos Heights segment: Under construction with probable completion end of October. Paving 25% complete.
  • Cook Count FPD segment: Under construction with possible completion end November. Contractor would like to complete this year but probable completion in April 2015.
  • Alsip/Palos Park segment: Under construction with probable completion end November. Any major rains could delay completion to April 2015.
  • Trinity segment: Jim Belstra of Trinity attended meeting and advised that final grading and paving would take place in Spring 2015

 

EAST END

  • Phase 1: Projected completion by end November.
  • Phase 2: Notice to Proceed immediately following by end 2014.
  • Best estimate based on existing construction funding and situation today is that Phase 3 construction will take place in increments with the east end of Blue Island in 2015, Riverdale in 2015 or 2016, and the balance of the east end in 2017 or 2018. C.

 

SIGNS AND WAYFINDING
Western Remac contract executed August 4 and they have 180 calendar days to complete. On target.

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Initial meeting to establish a permanent trail oversight committee deferred until early 2015 with date to be established in November 18 coalition meeting.

 


 

[Bill (re)Poore,  9/16/2014]

WEST END

  • Palos Heights segment: Under construction with probable completion first week of October. Paving will begin on September 18. The Ridgeland bridge will be set next week. Widening of the 76th Street entry will take place next week.
  • Cook Count FPD segment: Under construction with probable completion early December. Archer to 104th rough cut complete with fine grading by end of this week.
  • Alsip/Palos Park segment: Under construction with probable completion mid November. Tree removal underway.
  • Trinity segment: Trinity meeting with D Construction this week.

EAST END

  • Phase 1: Projected completion by end November.
  • Phase 2: Notice to Proceed immediately following by end 2014. 
Best estimate based on existing construction funding and situation today is that Phase 3 construction will take place in increments with the east end of Blue Island in 2015, Riverdale in 2015 or 2016, and the balance of the east end in 2017 or 2018.

SIGNS AND WAYFINDING

  • Western Remac contract executed August 4 and they have 180 calendar days to complete. They will have mockup of signpost next week and mockup of trellis in 4 weeks.

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

  • Initial meeting to establish a permanent trail oversight committee will take place October 21 following the Coalition meeting.

 


 

[Bill (re)Poore,  7/15/2014]

WEST END

  • Palos Heights segment—Under construction with probable completion early October.
  • Cook Count FPD segment (Camp Saginaw to Wolf Road)—Homer Tree Service finalizing Palos Heights section and expecting to begin tree removal on this section by Friday, July 18. Contractor will begin construction shortly thereafter with probable completion December.
  • Alsip/Palos Park segment—Pre-construction conference scheduled for Friday, July 18 with a scheduled August construction start. Probable completion end October.
  • Trinity segment—Trinity will attend the Alsip/Palos Park pre-construction conference and hoping to have the contractor also undertake their segment. They expect to complete their fields and the trail by end November. J. Huber, Alsip Park District, following closely.

EAST END

  • Preliminary engineering & environmental studies—Projected completion end of August.
  • Design engineering (develop construction documents)—Notice to Proceed immediately following by early September.
  • Construction date: Blue Island in 2015, proceeding in increments through 2017

[Bill (re)Poore,  6/17/2014]

WEST END

  • Palos Heights segment-Pre-construction conference June 5 and contractor anticipating a June 30 or July 7 start. Probable completion early October.
  • Cook County FPD segment-February 28 letting. Pre-construction conference May 21 and contractor anticipating a June 30 or July 7 start. Probable completion December.
  • Alsip/Palos Park segment-April 25 letting. Based on IDOT delays, pre-construction conference probably early July. Probable completion end October.
  • Trinity segment-They expect to complete their fields and the trail by end November. J. Huber, Alsip Park District, following closely.

EAST END

  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources providing $1.2 million to match $6 million in awarded federal grants for Cal-Sag Trail construction Blue Island to Burnham. Fully funds bike/ped bridge along Halsted in Riverdale, funds 1/2 of the needed match for other communities.
  • Preliminary engineering/environment complete end of July. Chatham Street Bridge to be rehabbed/repurposed as bike/ped promenade
  • Design engineering (develop construction documents)—Notice to Proceed immediately following by early September.
  • Construction date: Blue Island in 2015, proceeding in increments through 2017

[UPDATE 1/28/2014]
Spreadsheet geeks: Dave Landeweer, the URS engineer who has been a hero for this trail, broke it all down for us—the contracts, the costs, the linear feet, the funding sources, the likely bid letting timelines—by Coalition member, and made a big hairy spreadsheet of it all for us. (Please note: Bid letting dates, which correspond generally to construction start, beyond April 2014 are estimates, and can move up or down for lots of reasons.) Use it! Get lost in it! Enjoy it!


[UPDATE 1/21/2014]
Construction bids for completing the Cal-Sag Trail from Ridgeland Avenue to Route 83 near Lemont will be awarded by IDOT on February 28. Likely May 2014 construction start.

Construction bids for completing the trail from Ridgeland Avenue to Cicero will likely be opened in late-April 2014, with a mid-June construction start.


[UPDATE 1/21/2014]
Cal-Sag Trail Construction Awarded $6.2 million!
CMAP released its FY2013-2014 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) awards earlier this month. The TAP is a federal set aside program that provided nearly $17 million over two years that can pay for 80% of the cost for trails and other non-motorized transportation projects in Chicagoland (see the entire TAP program). Cal-Sag Trail segments funded include:
• Burnham Greenway in the Village of Burnham to Indiana Avenue in Dolton, 4.5 miles
• Cicero Avenue to Kedzie Avenue in Alsip Park District, 2.8 miles

So far, 24 miles of the trail have construction funds. Two miles to go in Riverdale!


[UPDATE 10/9/2013]
Cal-Sag Trail Construction Awarded $3.4 million!
CMAP approved the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program for FY2014-18 on October 9, 2013. CMAQ is a federal set aside transportation program that can pay 80% of the costs of infrastructure and programs that reduce air pollution in the region, like non-motorized trails. Cal-Sag Trail segment funded includes:
•  Kedzie Avenue to Halsted Avenue, City of Blue Island, 4 miles


[UPDATE 1/30/2013]
Cal-Sag Trail Construction Awarded $3.6 million!
Governor Quinn released Illinois Transportation Enhancements Program (ITEP) funds today, including two Cal-Sag Trail awards to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County:
•$1.7+ million to build the trail from Route 83 to 104th Ave.
•$1.8+ million to build the trail from 104th Ave. to 86th Ave. (hello, Plush Horse!)
The section of trail from 86th Ave. to Alsip was funded through ITEP in 2011 (see below). Now, nearly the ENTIRE western half is fully funded! Construction bids can be let this spring, with a ribbon cutting November 2013.
THANK YOU Governor Quinn, FPD of Cook County, and to Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Dan Lipinski for your support!