North Branch Bike Trail Extension

 UPDATE: December 1, 2015.

The Forest Preserve and IDOT have secured funding and awarded the construction contract to Lorig Construction to begin phase 1 of the trail extension from Devon Ave to Forest Glen Ave, through Indian Road Woods.

Updated information can be found on the forest preserve website at

Construction has begun as of November 30, 2015.  Substainal completion should be by November of 2016.

First phase of construction, happening this week, is marking the route and indicating which trees will be removed.  Tree removal will occur in December.  Bridge construction (over the river and over the metra tracks) will occur this winter while the ground is frozen.

Construction traffic is NOT permitted on Indian Road or Ardmore Ave.  If you see construction vehicles for this project in our neighborhood, please call Kindy Kruller at 708-771-1009 immeadiately.

Parts of the Indian Road Woods preserve may be closed at times due to construction activities.  Work hours are from 7-3:30 Monday thru Friday, and Saturdays are possible depending on weather.

There will be a traffic light installed on Central Ave at the entrance to the golf course to allow the trail users to cross from the east to west side of Central as the trail crosses Central at this location.  CDOT has not yet finalized the timing of the light, but the Forest Preserve does not believe this will cause any traffic concerns for Indian Woods Community Residents.


Additional information can be found on the IDOT website, as they are responsible for the contract.

IDOT Contract Number: 61A86

Reference Number: 007

Bid date: 9-18-2015

Basic project description (page 39, item 7):

Bidders and bid amounts (page 6 and page 7):

Drawings (click on the reference/contract number):


Feel free to contact Kindy Kruller 708-771-1009 or with any questions.





The Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC) is planning to extend the North Branch Bike Trail from Devon Avenue to Foster Avenue through Edgebrook Woods, Indian Road Woods, Forest Glen Woods, and La Bagh Woods, ending on the east side of the Edens Expressway in the City of Chicago.


The new trail will provide the residents of Indian Road Woods, Old Edgebrook, Albany Park, Sauganash, and Forest Glen direct access to the existing North Branch Bicycle Trail.  This project will serve an important segment of the connection between the North Branch Trail and the City of Chicago Lakefront Trail.  Project planners and the FPDCC have given consideration addressing all models of transportation and preserving the scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources, 


Federal funding was requested for the project to fund Phase I engineering, Phase II engineering and construction of the 4.2 miles of trail.  The project will include two bridges and one signalized at-grade railroad crossing.


The proposed plan is as follows:


Phase I (2010-2011)

Preliminary Engineering & Environmental Studies.


Phase II (2011 – 2012)

Detailed Design (Plan Preparation) and land acquisition.


Phase III (2012 – 2013)



                On Tuesday August 10, 2010, members of the IWCA Board met with project team members and FPDCC employees regarding the project.  A list of questions have been submitted to the project team managers and the Board has asked the team to present the project on September 21, 2010 at our next scheduled General Membership meeting. 


                The project will have a large impact on the Indian Woods Community, please try to attend this most important meeting.


Please find a copy of the FPDCC flyer here: North Branch Bike Trail Extension

The IWCA submitted official questions about the plan and have received the following responses:

FPDCC response to Jonathan Sladek

FPDCC response to Don Walsh