Buffalo Creek Multi-Use Trail Extension

Buffalo Creek Multi-Use Trail Extension
Posted on 06/29/2021

The Buffalo Creek Multi-Use Trail Extension, completed and open to public on June 8, 2021, is a long-awaited project to provide a safer dedicated crossing of Lake Cook Road at the signalized intersection with Wilke Road. The crossing and trail extension connects the north side of Arlington Heights with the 408-acre Buffalo Creek preserve and its network of five miles of crushed-gravel trails. This new connection was made possible by the coordination efforts of the Village of Arlington Heights in cooperation with the Lake County Forest Preserves, the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Improvements included modifications to the existing Wilke/Lake Cook Road traffic signal to provide pedestrian signalization on both Wilke Road and Lake Cook Road, installation of ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps, painted crosswalks on Lake Cook Road and Wilke Road, and an eight-foot-wide 500-foot-long multi-use trail. The new connection provides direct access to the Buffalo Creek trail network.

Printable map of the trail network

This project was awarded by the Illinois Department of Transportation to the low bidder, A Lamp Concrete, Inc. in the amount of $265,735.25. Funding for this project was provided by the Local Technical Assistance (L-TAP) through the Northwest Council of Mayors that will cover up to $198,300 of construction costs, the Invest in Cook grant through the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways that will cover 50% of the Village’s share of the construction costs not to exceed $75,000, and Village of Arlington Height’s capital projects funds.