In January 2019, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) initiated the preliminary engineering and environmental studies (Phase I) for the proposed El Paseo Trail in the City of Chicago in Cook County. The Phase I Study will identify potential cultural, historic, environmental, and physical impacts of the proposed El Paseo Trail. The Phase I Study will take approximately 18 months to complete. The study is being administered by the Chicago Department of Transportation. They have hired a consultant team consisting of Christopher B. Burke Engineering (engineering lead), Blue Daring (public involvement), Altamanu (landscape architecture), and Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants (framework masterplan). The completion of the Phase I Study will allow DPD and CDOT to apply for federal funding.
As part of the Phase I Study, a robust public involvement process will be necessary to gather community input. El Paseo Community Garden and partners will assist in the community involvement along the Sangamon portion. The public involvement process will include local residents, property owners, business owners, and representatives from local organizations that will ensure the public’s needs are addressed during the Phase I Study and beyond.