January 28, 2020

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Epsteins Civil Engineering department had quite the year in 2019, especially with regards to biking and pedestrian-focused infrastructure improvements in Chicagoland.

Some of those projects include:

  • Designing 25 miles of bikeways through the Chicago Department of Transportation Streets for Cycling contract;
  • Exploring the feasibility and preparing design concepts for floating trails on the Chicago River;
  • Design engineering for a shared use path along Oakton Street in Des Plaines, Illinois;
  • Preparing a master plan for more than 50 miles of trail connections in northeastern Lake County, Illinois;
  • Preparing detailed design engineering plans for the construction of a 2.5-mile segment of the Skokie Valley Trail in Skokie, Illinois;
  • Providing on-call engineering and design services to help the Village of Northbrook implement their master bike and pedestrian plan;
  • The completion of the Epstein-designed and engineered Riverview Bridge located at Addison and the Chicago River

To celebrate these accomplishment, and to promote year-round biking, Epsteins internal Bike Committee recently organized a bike ride to District Brew Yards.


From left to right: Ron Pison, Greg Osborne, Katie Bolger, Samantha Schneider, Beth Norton, Tim Gustafson.

On the morning of January 24th, Epsteins hearty biking crew made their way to Daley Plaza and braved the cold (with the help of some hot coffee) to support the Active Transportation Alliances Bike Rally. Each January, the Active Transportation Alliance celebrates year-round bicycling to commemorate the citys coldest recorded temperature, which broke records with an ambient air temperature of -27F on January 20, 1985.

Epstein has worked on several projects with the Active Transportation Alliance, who continue to be a great partner.

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit advocacy organization that works to improve conditions for bicycling, walking and transit and engage people in healthy and active ways to get around.