Montgomery Road Multi-Use Path Extension (Middlebury Dr to IL 59)

Study Background

The City has attained federal funding (both Local Rail-Highway Crossing Safety Program Funds and Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) Funds) to construct a Multi-Use Path along Montgomery Road. To qualify for the federal funding, the City is preparing studies in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and in accordance with Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Bureau of Local Roads & Streets (BLRS) policies and procedures.

Purpose of Project

The purpose of the project is to improve safety along the Montgomery Road corridor and continue fulfilling the City’s commitment to bicycle users and pedestrians as described in the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. Upon completion of these projects, the City’s Montgomery Rd Bikeway will be completed. The path will allow for safer non-motorized travel and will be ADA compliant along its length and at all intersections.

Proposed Improvements

The project will consist of installing a new 8’-wide asphalt path along Montgomery Rd including ADA accessible crossings at all intersections. Engineering work is being completed and funded under 2 separate projects:

  1. The mainline path project involves all work with the exception of the CN railroad crossing near Normantown Rd and is being funded with ITEP funds.
  2. The CN railroad crossing project involves the work to provide a safe crossing of the CN railroad tracks including pedestrian gates and flashers and is being funded with Railroad Crossing Safety funds.

Schedule

The project is scheduled to begin construction in 2025, pending funding availability and the acquisition of the right-of-way necessary to construct the improvements.

Public Information Meeting

An open house public information meeting will be held on Thursday, September 7, 2023 at the Aurora Fire Station #8, 3770 McCoy Drive, Aurora, IL, 60504. The public may stop by the open house meeting anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 PM.  The purpose of the Public Information Meeting is to present the purpose and need for the projects, the proposed improvements, findings of the environmental studies, anticipated property impacts, and obtain public input.  There will be a single combined meeting to discuss both projects at the same time.

We encourage comments throughout the course of the study. Questions or comments received up to two weeks after the public meeting will be added to the public meeting record. Questions or comments may be directed to:

Tim Weidner, P.E.
Engineering Coordinator
City of Aurora
Development Services Center
77 S. Broadway
Aurora, IL 60507-2067
(630) 256-3200
[email protected]