Riverside has decided to replace the crumbling asphalt path in Swan Pond Park with a wider concrete path that should be more durable. The project will also address riverbank stabilization to prevent further erosion. (File 2019)

Construction of a new 10-foot wide exposed aggregate concrete path along the river bank in Swan Pond Park in Riverside will begin later this summer and ought to be complete sometime in October, according to the village’s engineering firm, which is overseeing the project.

On June 17, the village board awarded a $37,610 contract to Christopher B. Burke Engineering Ltd., to provide construction engineering services, including seeking bids, construction observation and documentation, pre- and post-construction services and material testing.

Burke Engineering put the project out to bid on June 18, with a bid opening to take place July 1. The firm will present a recommendation to the village board at its July 15 meeting, when trustees are expected to award the construction contract.

According to a memo Burke Engineering sent to Public Works Director Dan Tabb earlier this month, construction of the path is expected to begin in early August and is required to be completed within 40 working days.

The scope of work includes removal of the existing asphalt path and the construction of a roughly 2,100-foot long, 10-foot wide concrete path. In addition, three sections of the riverbank that have been prone to erosion will be stabilized by installing limestone rock ledging.

That bank stabilization work, which the village board agreed to include in the bid packet in March, has pushed the total cost estimated cost of the project to roughly $611,000.

Riverside officials originally had budgeted the project at $475,500. A substantial portion of the cost for the project is being covered by a pair of grants, a $350,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and a $50,000 Invest in Cook grant from the county.

The village board also agreed with Burke Engineering’s assessment that it would not be practical to make the path ADA-accessible at its north end, where it traverses a steep slope from the sidewalk along Burling Road down to the park itself, which forms a flood basin.

Initially, Burke Engineering explored the possibility of installing a wood rail fence, a $20,000 line item in itself, connecting the top and bottom of that slope to make it ADA-accessible. But the slope itself is too steep and making it compliant would be an enormous undertaking.

Instead, the village will place a sign at the north end of the path on Burling Road indicating that the south end of the path along Fairbank Road near the Barrypoint Road bridge is ADA-accessible. The village may seek to provide accessible parking close to that entry point.