TWM’s trail design services helped Southwestern Illinois College enhance a large number of multi-modal transportation paths and trails on and near the campus. These projects included a pedestrian / bike path that encircles the perimeter of the campus as well as a pedestrian crossing at the five-lane, IL Route 161 (ADT 14,800)—which addressed the 400+ college students jay-walking across IL 161 daily to access the adjacent shopping and fast food area. TWM designed a designated cross walk / signal phasing and recommended permanent fencing along the highway frontage to channel pedestrians to the designated crossing area and facilitate safe passage. Additionally, future planning was completed for a pedestrian bridge over IL 161 with access to street sidewalks.
We also designed a new perimeter road with shared use path that connects to the 12-mile long MetroBikeLink Trail along the Metro light rail alignment. At the pedestrian bridge over IL Route 161, TWM designed large, distinctive staircases on either side of the embankment to provide access to the street crossing below. The client wanted the staircases to be inviting and identify the MetroBikeLink trail above to all travelers while complementing the signature “transit blue” branding. The staircases are cast-in-place reinforced concrete, with lanterns on the pedestals and step lighting along the handrail. Anti-graffiti coating protects the surfaces in the campus setting.
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