ComEd Bike Path Bridge Replacement Project

Description
The pedestrian bridge on Deerpath Road that runs parallel to Route 41 is owned by ComEd and will be replaced this spring to increase its capacity to support maintenance vehicles and equipment. 

Background
ComEd is replacing the bridge to increase the capacity rating for their maintenance vehicles and equipment. While this is a ComEd project, City staff has met numerous times with ComEd over the past year to review tentative project construction schedules and encourage ways to limit impacts to residents. ComEd is paying the total cost for the replacement of the bridge.

Timeline
Construction began in March and will be completed by late summer/early fall 2022. ComEd expedited removal of the bridge so it could occur during Spring Break to minimize impacts, so now construction activities will slow down and resume early summer once bridge materials are manufactured and fabricated. 

Location
The project area is on Deerpath Road from Route 41 to Ahwahnee Lane.

Anticipated Impacts
Even though this is a ComEd project, the City will communicate early and often about the expected impacts during construction. During construction, you can expect:

  • During construction, pedestrian and bicycle traffic on the Skokie Valley Bike Path will be rerouted from the path to Laurel Avenue or Westleigh Road. View the Bike Path Detour Map.
  • The sidewalk on the north side of Deerpath Road is open; the sidewalk on the south side is still closed between Route 41 and Ahwahnee Lane.
  • Construction activities are slowing down and will resume early summer once bridge materials are fabricated and manufactured. 
  • Intermittent lane closures to complete work to the bridge abutments to prepare for the installation of the new bridge.
  • Some additional complete closures of Deerpath Road late summer or early fall to install the new bridge. The City's goal is to work with ComEd to encourage any future closures to occur on the weekend to limit impacts.
  • Intermittent lane closures to complete final project construction.

Stay Informed
Our goal is to limit surprises and ensure neighbors are aware of construction activities. Prior to construction there will be mailed notification, signage in the project area, email communications, and additional outreach efforts. To receive email or text/SMS alerts on the status of this project, register your contact information at cityoflakeforest.com/enotify.

Construction Contact
Engineering Assistant Bernard Pondexter, 847.810.3556, pondextb@cityoflakeforest.com

Sign up for electronic notifications
To receive email or text/SMS alerts on the status of this project, register your contact information at cityoflakeforest.com/enotify.

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