Village of Glen Ellyn

Taylor Avenue Pedestrian Underpass

Glen Ellyn, IL

The Village of Glen Ellyn, IL, needed a solution to better manage their vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic along the Taylor Avenue underpass – a narrow, one-lane roadway that runs beneath the UPRR/Metra West Line.

Benesch identified, designed and managed the construction of a viable solution to separate vehicular traffic from pedestrians and bikes for the Village. Two key project challenges included developing a method to construct the underpass without interrupting train traffic and developing project plans around the constraints of a private residence located just north of the UPRR property.

Benesch designed the new trail path, including underpass structure headwalls, a temporary earth retention system, new underpass lighting, aesthetic treatments, landscaping and security cameras. Extensive coordination with UPRR and the Village was required to secure necessary permits.

Project highlights

  • Improved safety of pedestrians
  • On-site physical constraints
  • Locally and federally funded
  • Public involvement