This website has been created to provide project information and solicit public input for the reconstruction of Bernard Drive from Arlington Heights Road to Buffalo Grove Road. We invite you to explore the webpage and provide your input on the roadway improvement.
Station 1: Project Overview
Bernard Drive is proposed to be reconstructed from Arlington Heights Road to Buffalo Grove Road. Bernard Drive is located in and under the jurisdiction of the Village of Buffalo Grove. Both project termini at Arlington Heights Road and Buffalo Grove Road are under the jurisdiction of the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, and no improvements are anticipated at these signalized intersections.
The underlying pavement was constructed in the 1950’s at the east end of Bernard Drive and in the 1970’s at the west end of Bernard Drive and is nearly 70 or 50 years old, respectively, with more frequent cycles of maintenance required. As such, the Village views the roadway to be near the end of its life and the most cost-effective pavement management approach is to reconstruct the roadway, which requires the evaluation of safety, drainage, non-motorized and roadway needs. Full-depth reconstructed means that the asphalt, road base and curb will be entirely removed and replaced. This is similar to what is currently occurring on Thompson Road and Brandywyn Road in Lake County.
Project Location Map
Overall Project Development Process
The Phase I Engineering Study is the first step in the overall project development process and examines transportation needs and solutions along Bernard Drive. The Phase I Study was completed in early 2021. The project is now in Phase II, which involves contract plan preparation and land acquisition and is anticipated to be complete in 2023. Phase III is construction and is the final phase of the project development process. Local funds were utilized for Phase I, local and federal funds are being utilized for Phase II, and a combination of local and federal funding are anticipated for Phase III construction.
Station 2: Project Information
Average Daily Traffic and Safety Data
The project study area is not a high accident location as determined by IDOT. 66 crashes in a five-year period (2014 to 2018) resulted in 23 injuries and no fatalities. 22 (33.3%) of crashes were angle and 16 (24.2%) were turning left. Angle and turning left crashes can be attributed to the frequency of side streets and driveways. An effective countermeasure is to improve intersection sight distances. Click on the map below to open the full-size file in a new window.
Proposed Typical Roadway Sections
The existing and proposed typical roadway sections are provided below as viewed looking east along the road. The Bernard Drive existing right-of-way (ROW) is 80 feet wide within the west portion of the project area and 60 feet wide within the east portion of the project area. Bernard Drive is proposed to be reconstructed in the west portion of the project with the same pavement width, and is proposed to be reconstructed two feet narrower in the east portion of the project to provide a minimum five-foot separation from the bike path to the road within the existing 60' wide ROW. Click on the below image to open the full-size file in a new window.
Station 3: Proposed Improvement Plan
Proposed Improvement Plan Map
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Station 4: Comment Submission
Village of Buffalo Grove
Attn: Andrea Larson, PE
51 Raupp Blvd. Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Telephone: (847) 459-2523
Fax: (847) 537-5845