Burr Ridge is served by both a local and regional roadway network which allows easy access into and out of the community. This network is supplemented by two Pace bus routes providing limited commuter service. Certain parts of the Village are also served by pathways that are geared to the needs of pedestrians and bicycle riders.
7.1 Street System
The main transportation goals are as follows:
- Maintain and develop roads, streets and highways in proper scale with their intended uses and adjacent land uses, to ensure that they can safely handle present and anticipated traffic volumes.
- Encourage non-residential land uses that enhance the Village tax base yet attract minimal non-local traffic.
- Provide for through vehicular traffic on major arterials with minimum inconvenience to residents.
- Promote development of low volume residential roadways to maintain privacy and tranquil environment.
- Provide street extensions and connections between residential neighborhoods, as appropriate, to improve circulation within the Village.
The Burr Ridge street system consists of highways, arterials, collectors and local roads. Highways carry large volumes of traffic between Burr Ridge and other parts of the region. I-55 and I-294 are classified as highways. Arterials carry traffic across and beyond the Village and include Route 83, County Line Road, Plainfield Road, Madison Street, 55th Street and Wolf Road. Collectors provide circulation between arterials and local roads. Burr Ridge collectors include 91st Street, German Church Road, and 79th Street. Finally, local streets provide access to neighborhoods and individual properties. They comprise the remainder of the roadway system in the Village. The street system plan is shown in Figure 12: Street System Plan.
The Burr Ridge street system includes a mix of public and private streets. The Burr Ridge Public Works Department is responsible for maintenance of approximately 70 miles of local streets and 75 cul-de-sacs. However, the Village’s ability to upgrade and improve certain major arterials including County Line Road and Plainfield Road is limited because they are under county jurisdiction. Improvements are governed by the jurisdiction that owns and maintains the road, which can be either a private individual, groups of individuals, Village, County or the State of Illinois. The Village, therefore, cannot always determine, or even influence the nature or timing of roadway improvements.
Residential Circulation System Improvements
Street connections and extensions should be provided, where appropriate, in order to improve residential circulation within the Village. The purpose of these street connections should be to improve connections between residential neighborhoods and not to encourage cut through traffic within the neighborhoods. Several areas where residential street connections may be appropriate are described below. Examples of how these proposals might be achieved are shown in Figure 13: Residential Circulation System Improvement Concept Plan. Additional street connections should be pursued as opportunities arise and as unincorporated areas are annexed into Burr Ridge.
New street connections for the Tri-State residential neighborhood, currently outside the Village of Burr Ridge limits, are recommended. At the time of annexation, 89th Street should be extended to link it with Skyline Drive, in order to connect the Tri-State neighborhood with the Village’s street system. Concurrently, Hillside Drive and Valley View Drive should be disconnected from Robert Kingery Highway. Robert Kingery Highway is a high traffic volume roadway, and the current access conditions to the subject neighborhood pose safety hazards. The proposed street connections would result in improved circulation and safer access conditions to the residential neighborhood. Furthermore, Skyline Drive should be extended to link with Circle Avenue, in order to connect the Tri State neighborhood with the neighborhood directly to the north.
Street extensions should also be considered for the Madison Club subdivision, located at the northwest corner of 87th Street and Madison Street. On annexation, Thurlow Street could be extended north to connect with this neighborhood.
The proposed street connections can be established incrementally as areas are developed, redeveloped or annexed. Street connections in undeveloped areas within the Village can be a required improvement as part of the Development Approval and Subdivision process. Similarly, as the Village annexes the unincorporated sections of the planning area, specific street connections could be required as a part of the annexation agreement or as part of a Village-sponsored capital improvement program. A more proactive approach might be required for establishing street interconnections within the existing neighborhoods in the Village. This could be achieved through a long range capital improvement program or by taking advantage of development opportunities as they arise.
The Village should also coordinate with adjacent communities or other governmental units having common interests and goals in order to take advantage of opportunities to construct street connections. For example, DuPage County plans to build a sewer line between 79th Street and 81st Street east of Garfield Avenue, providing the opportunity to create a roadway link between 79th Street and 81st Street, along Laura Lee Lane. A site development concept plan for 79th Street, between 81st Street and Laura Lee Lane is shown in Figure 14: 79th Street/Laura Lee Lane Development Concept that illustrates how Burr Ridge could take advantage of opportunities to connect residential land to the existing circulation system.
7.2 Pathway Plan
Burr Ridge currently possesses a loose network of on-road trails and sidewalks but lacks an overall coherent system of pedestrian and bicycle pathways. This Plan articulates two major goals regarding the pathway system within the Village, which are as follows:
- Establish and maintain a pedestrian and bicycle system in the Village, which connects the neighborhoods to community facilities such as parks, schools, shopping centers and community centers.
- Encourage the connection of residential growth areas to the existing Burr Ridge circulation system.
A Pathway Plan has been developed to address these goals. It includes recommendations regarding both short and long term improvements. The main objectives of the pathway plan are to service local residents and strengthen the sense of community by connecting neighborhoods to local destinations such as parks, schools, shopping centers and community centers. The pathway system should be integrated with pathway systems in the neighboring municipalities and to regional systems provided by Cook and DuPage Counties. The Plan has been structured to allow the Village to develop the path system incrementally over the years as development opportunities and funding become available. The Plan also provides alternative methods to safely separate pedestrians and bicyclists from vehicular traffic.
The Pathway Plan, shown in Figure 15: Pathway Plan, proposes a series of continuous routes for both the north and south sectors of Burr Ridge. The plan is structured as a system of primary and secondary pathways and consists of four north-south routes and three east-west routes.
The primary north-south routes include Madison Street, County Line Road, between 79th and 91st Street, Wolf Road and the proposed Flagg Creek bike trail. Madison Street has been identified as the only feasible continuous north-south primary route. Madison Street functions as a major arterial and provides access to adjacent light industrial and office uses, and community facilities like Harvester Park, Kraml Park and Gower Middle school. A pathway along Madison Street would provide a connection between the north and south sections of the Village, in order to link the park facilities located in these two sections of the Village, as well provide access to schools and retail facilities located in County Line Square.
A continuous pathway along Madison Street would probably be established on an incremental basis. An advantage of designating Madison Street as a primary route is that there is an existing sidewalk along most of the street sections located within the Village boundaries. The only section of incorporated Madison Street without a sidewalk is between 91st Street and Provencal Drive. This remaining section should be improved with a sidewalk on a priority basis. Sections of Madison Street that are outside of the Village limits, but within the planning area, should be improved with a pathway upon annexation. These pathways could be established as part of an annexation agreement and would typically entail longer term planning.
County Line Road has not been identified as a continuous north-south pathway route, even though it is the major north-south vehicular traffic arterial for the Village. This is primarily because the closely spaced on and off ramps to Interstate Route 55 pose a major safety hazard for pedestrians and bicyclists attempting to cross over the Interstate Route 55 interchange. However, County Line Road should be developed with a pathway system between Burr Ridge Parkway and 91st Street. This would serve to connect the two main east-west pathway routes on 79th and 91st Street, thereby improving access to the Corporate Park facilities and Village Hall.
The Plan also recommends developing a bike trail along the Northern Utility Gas Company right-of-way and Flagg Creek, between 91st Street and Interstate Route I-55. The Flagg Creek trail provides an ideal opportunity to establish a consolidated pedestrian and bike trail network in a natural setting, along the periphery of the Village. This trail should eventually be connected to the existing regional Illinois and Michigan Canal trail, in order to take full advantage of the existing recreational opportunities in that area. A potential point of connection could be along the Robert Kingery Highway.
The three primary east-west pathways include Plainfield Road on the north, 79th Street in the center, and 91st Street on the south. A sidewalk has already been established along significant sections of Plainfield Road and 91st Street, and along the entire length of 79th Street. The 91st sidewalk should be extended to connect with Anne M. Jeans School and the existing pathway leading to Waterfall Glenn Forest Preserve, located west of the planning area. This would allow residents to take advantage of the existing recreational resources in the area.
The proposed system of primary routes divides the Village into several sub-neighborhoods. The secondary pathway routes should be planned off of these primary routes and should link important community facilities such as parks and schools, as well as connect different neighborhoods. The Plan identifies a basic framework of secondary routes. The intent of the secondary routes is to establish a system of grids that provide continuous linkages between most of the neighborhoods and Village community facilities. Such a system would not only provide pedestrian/bicycle access to the various community facilities, but also strengthen a sense of community among residents. Additional secondary routes should be developed in the future based on unique site considerations, future development opportunities and availability of funding. Wherever possible, pathway planning should take advantage of existing sidewalks, or potential connectors in the vicinity.
An existing secondary pathway system is largely lacking, especially in the section south of 79th Street. The proposed pathways in the southeast section of Burr Ridge could be established during the development of the German Church Road subarea. The Plan proposes an extensive network of secondary pathways in the southwest section of the Village linking several neighborhood parks. Since the residential streets have very low volumes of traffic, most of these pathways could be developed as a shared use roadway.
Design Standards and Intersection Improvements
A well designed cohesive landscape adds to the visual experience of the pathways, improves the streetscape and attracts a greater number of users to the path system. Functionally, it serves as a buffer between the vehicular and bicycle traffic. However, landscape material should not create visual hazards for motorists or path users. Hence, plants over three feet tall should be avoided within 50 feet of intersections and driveways. Landscape improvements for the Flag Creek bike path should be minimal and designed to complement and enhance existing natural features, especially the wooded areas and creeks. Improvements should also be coordinated with the streetscape recommendations for specific streets and intersections, included in the Community Design chapter of the Comprehensive Plan.
Intersections, where the path users must cross streets carrying vehicular traffic, should be identified a considerable distance in advance. This can be accomplished by appropriate traffic control signs such as warning and stop signs. Pavement markings to identify the crossing should also be considered at major intersections.
The Village could adopt a combination of proactive and incremental approaches for implementing the proposed pathway plan. A proactive approach would involve utilizing general funds from normal Village revenue sources such as the sidewalk fund and applying for outside government grants. A more incremental approach would include implementation through the development approval and subdivision process, annexation agreements and coordination with other tax districts and neighboring communities with common concerns and responsibilities.
To initiate development of the system, the Village should consider proactively funding strategic portions of the pathway system through general fund revenues or the capital improvement budgeting process. The existing sidewalk fund could also be used for this purpose. Currently, developers are required to escrow funds in lieu of construction of certain sidewalks required by the Village. A Pathway Commission has been established to manage and review this process.
The primary pathway network along existing streets includes Madison Street, County Line Road between Burr Ridge parkway and 91st Street, Plainfield Road, Wolf Road, 79th Street and 91st Street. The development of the missing pathway sections along these primary arterials should be prioritized. An appropriate use of general revenue funds would be for signage improvements and completion of the missing segments of the primary pathway network. The Village could also use these funds to establish secondary pathways within the already developed neighborhoods. Additional funding could be generated by coordinating with other tax districts with similar interests, such as the park and school district, to link community facilities with residential neighborhoods.
However, major elements of the pathway plan involving construction of pathways on right-of-ways not currently owned by the Village and may require use of external funds in form of grants from state and federal government or special funds set aside by the Village. In the past, grants for bikeway construction have been made available from the Federal Highway Administration, administered by the Illinois Department of Highways. Similarly, pathway improvement in public parks could be funded through the Land and Water Conservation Grants, a federal program administered by the Illinois Department of Conservation. The Village could also consider annexation agreements as a method of requiring pathways within certain areas.
The subdivision and development process may also be used to establish parts of the pathway system. For instance, large planned unit developments or large non-residential developments should be encouraged to include pathways as part of their development or improvement plans.
Finally, the Village should initiate discussions with local school and park districts as well as the neighboring Villages of Willow Springs and Willowbrook to identify means of area wide cooperation in the implementation of the proposed path plan. Many of these districts might be interested in the development of a path system, and joint funding of certain segments of the pathway system would help spread the cost across several taxing bodies. For instance, the bike path proposed along Flagg Creek could be developed incrementally, in conjunction with the park district and Village of Willow Springs. Similarly, the Village of Willowbrook might be interested in jointly developing shared pathways along Madison Street, that can be utilized by residents of both Villages.
7.3 Public Transportation
Pace provides limited bus service for Burr Ridge commuters. A Park-n-Ride lot is located in the Burr Ridge Corporate Park just east of County Line Square. The Park-n-Ride facility includes a shelter and space for 88 cars. The Pace bus provides service to the Hinsdale Metra station with additional stops as well. The full Pace bus site with route information may be accessed here. The Route 855 “I-55 Flyer” to Chicago’s Loop makes morning and evening stops at the Park-n-Ride lot. This bus service should be maintained for the convenience of Burr Ridge residents and commuters to the Corporate Park.