MetroBikeLink Trail to Scott Air Force Base
Top pedestrian trail firm TWM designed a new 2.9-mile trail extension through Shiloh, providing recreational opportunities to both residential subdivisions and Scott AFB. It is the final eastern extension of the now 11-mile MetroBikeLink trail. Portions of this segment parallel both the MetroLink alignment and the NSRR alignment, with a Z-gate pedestrian crossing over the NSRR. Truss structures include a three-span bridge over Loop Creek and a two-span bridge over Buss Farm Creek. Additionally, two boardwalks were designed in low-lying wet areas to minimize disturbance. A soil-nailed retaining wall was added under IDOT’s dual bridges carrying IL 158 over NSRR to allow for passage of trail through the existing slopewall. Project required continual coordination with both Metro and NSRR throughout design and construction.
TWM’s responsibilities included civil and structural engineering, land surveying, land acquisition assistance, and construction phase services.
TWM has been working on different sections of the MetroBikeLink Trail since we designed it in 2014. The construction cost for this phase of the project came in at just under $3 million and was completed in 2017.