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    Repost of thread, now we have a death

    Hello: I posted this about 6 yrs. ago and now this morning we have another death of a cyclist'

    Elk Grove,Il New Busse Woods Bridge?




    I would like to know who's in favor of having a overpass trail bridge built at the intersection of I 53 & I 72 which is known as one of the most dangerous intersections in the midwest?
    i am trying to get support from people so this may be done in the near future.as some of you may know during this riding season on good days a lot of people us this trail.besides us bikers there is also joggers,roller bladders,skate boarders and walkers and this intersection poses danger to all of us and by having a overpass bridge built we can eliminate this danger.
    in the pass i have seen too many people,including children, get hit and hurt at this intersection so i feel this would a good and safe thing to do.

    What's your opinion?

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    You are talking about the crosswalk at the corner where I53, I72, and the end of 290 is at correct? I have ridden at Busse many times, fished there a lot too, and never seen anyone get hit if they are waiting for the light. I don't know how people are getting hit unless it is driver or ride/walker negligence.

    I would like to see a bridge there too, but I also feel the light is safe IF people pay attention to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chitown_Mike View Post
    You are talking about the crosswalk at the corner where I53, I72, and the end of 290 is at correct? I have ridden at Busse many times, fished there a lot too, and never seen anyone get hit if they are waiting for the light. I don't know how people are getting hit unless it is driver or ride/walker negligence.

    I would like to see a bridge there too, but I also feel the light is safe IF people pay attention to it.
    I ride there periodically (it's close enough to home to ride to), and haven't heard about any deaths or accidents there lately. I've never seen any problems there either that weren't due to negligence either, I feel just like Chitown_Mike does about the bridge. I'd rather they spent the money on fixing the pavement by the small bridges that go over the water.

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    Great info on construction!

    I will have to wander out that way this weekend perhaps and check it out, see what they are doing.
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    They might have delayed the start, due to all the rain we have had lately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chitown_Mike View Post
    Great info on construction!

    I will have to wander out that way this weekend perhaps and check it out, see what they are doing.
    I'm just assuming this would be along the western side of the forest preserve (by 290), as that's a street crossing and the eastern side has an overpass. I may get out there tomorrow if the weather is decent and I can ride through the construction site along Golf Road.

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    The road construction along the Golf road underpass for the tollway kept me from being able to ride out there this week, I hope they haven't cut off the access at the western crossing of Higgins road too.

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    Hello: Drove by Il 53 & IL 72 and they are starting to build a overpass bridge for the Busse Woods trail,Thank God before some else gets kill,let's hope that it gets finished before spring of next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lowbike View Post
    Hello: Drove by Il 53 & IL 72 and they are starting to build a overpass bridge for the Busse Woods trail,Thank God before some else gets kill,let's hope that it gets finished before spring of next year.
    Since it is still a Cook County Forest Preserve, let's hope it get's built period and there aren't any budget issues that stop it in it's tracks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chitown_Mike View Post
    Since it is still a Cook County Forest Preserve, let's hope it get's built period and there aren't any budget issues that stop it in it's tracks.
    And that the people building it do a better job than the highly skilled craftsmen they used to repave parts of the trail in the forest preserve.

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    I drove by there yesterday and they're still working on it. I'm not sure how they plan on getting it to connect with the existing path though, the part that looks like will become the bridge is at right angles to the path on both sides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    I drove by there yesterday and they're still working on it. I'm not sure how they plan on getting it to connect with the existing path though, the part that looks like will become the bridge is at right angles to the path on both sides.
    I do think are going to be doing a Y Split.
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    I went to look on Saturday. They have temporary reroutes on both sides with some new pavement in place for bikes/people. They've started building a curved berm on the south side of Higgins for the trail leading to the bridge. The overall trail will be a little shorter when finished, but they're also taking out one of the road crossings for the main parking lot entrance.

    You can zoom in for the reroutes here:
    http://www.strava.com/activities/81133393

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    Quote Originally Posted by black_box View Post
    I went to look on Saturday. They have temporary reroutes on both sides with some new pavement in place for bikes/people. They've started building a curved berm on the south side of Higgins for the trail leading to the bridge. The overall trail will be a little shorter when finished, but they're also taking out one of the road crossings for the main parking lot entrance.

    You can zoom in for the reroutes here:
    http://www.strava.com/activities/81133393
    I like the idea of having one less road crossing at the parking lot entrance too, that should be nice when they finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    I like the idea of having one less road crossing at the parking lot entrance too, that should be nice when they finish.
    I feel proud of myself to have kept on pushing for this bridge to be built before someone got killed but it couldnot get built soon enough
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    They were still working on it this morning.

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    The bridge is open while they finish the last parts of the construction. I rode over it yesterday and it's pretty nice too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    The bridge is open while they finish the last parts of the construction. I rode over it yesterday and it's pretty nice too.
    Snag any pictures? Curious to know how they ran it because I can't picture what they did and haven't been over there.
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    I didn't take any pictures, and I'll try and explain it later. It's not easy to put into words what they've done, and you really need to see it to take it all in.

    The bridge is east of the western entrance on Higgins, eliminating the road crossing on that side. The north part of the bridge leads to/from the northern loop, and ends/begins at a T intersection. They were removing the spur that connected the north loop to the Higgins Road crossing when I got there yesterday, and it looks like they're almost done with the construction.
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    This is just Great finished a few months ahead of time, I have wished for this to happen several years ago before I started posting about having this bridge built to help prevent injuries from having to cross a major intersection but it could not get built soon enough to prevent a death that happen a few months back,may God bless that rider, I hope everyone in the up and coming future enjoy the Busse woods trail now even more since this bridge is done and will have much more of safe ride without having to cross that dangerous again on their bike.
    I want to thank you all for bearing with me on this project that I've pushed for over 8 yrs and I'm sorry that it had to come to a death of a cyclist to finally get it done, Thanks to you all again and God bless you all.
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    I guess it's officially open now.
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