City of Des Plaines

Rand Road Sidepath
Central Road to Elk Boulevard

Closing a Sidewalk Network Gap along a Major Artery

This approximately 2.4 mile sidepath project closed a major gap in the sidewalk network. The project extends along the south side of US Route 12 (Rand Road) from Central Road to Elk Boulevard and includes two railroad crossings and many intersections.

Completing a Trail Connection

The connection created by the sidepath allows the continuation of the Northwest Municipal Conference planned Evanston-Elgin Regional Bikeway through the City of Des Plaines. The project connects to several programmed and completed improvements to create a continuous bicycle corridor through the length of the City.

Full Wetland Delineation

Civiltech provided Phase I Environmental Study services which included an updated wetland delineation and wetland delineation report. This work included a full delineation of the project area. The presence of wetland areas not previously delineated was observed. Civiltech moved quickly to document findings and submit the necessary permitting requirements, minimizing impacts to the project schedule.
Specific permitting needs included a USACE Section 404 permit submittal, a MWRD permit submittal, and wetland mitigation coordination

Designing for Federal Funding

Civiltech’s Phase II team provided full design engineering services utilizing their multi-use path design expertise. The project was designed to meet the requirements for federal funding and included coordination through IDOT.

Coordination Utilities and Railroads

In addition to preparations of plans, specifications, and engineer’s cost estimates, work included review and topographic survey of the proposed alignment and coordination with utilities to mitigate conflicts. Civiltech’s work also included design measures to increase the safety of the proposed sidepath at roadway and railroad crossings. Pedestrian safety was improved through ADA compliant design. .

Construction Engineering Services

Civiltech’s Construction Engineering Team administered the project and brought this improvement through the myriad of standards and procedures required by IDOT for federally funded projects.

Full Delivery Process

This project is an example of Civiltech’s Full Delivery Process. With integrated teams, in-house specialized services, and an extensive knowledge management program, Civiltech is uniquely skilled at guiding projects through all engineering phases–from planning and studies through design engineering to a successful construction outcome. 

This Project Incorporates the Following:

  • Completing sidewalk networks
  • Coordination with railroad crossings
  • Bike trail connection
  • Wetland delineation
  • Complex permitting
  • Full delivery process

Scope of Services

  • Wetland Delineation and Report
  • IDOT Wetland Impact Evaluation Form
  • USACE Jurisdictional Determination Request
  • USACE Section 404 Permit Submittal
  • Wetland Mitigation Coordination
  • MWRD Permit Submittal
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Design
  • Coordination and Public Involvement
  • Interagency Coordination
  • Railroad Coordination
  • Location Drainage Studies
  • Project Development Report
  • Resident Engineering
  • Construction Documentation
  • Interagency Coordination
  • Utility Coordination


  • ITEP

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