Patriot Path (Illinois Route 137 Bike Path)

Limits: The limits of the project are between the Des Plaines River (Independence Grove Forest Preserve) and Sheridan Road connecting Libertyville, Green Oaks, Waukegan, and North Chicago.

Description: Bike path along the IL Route 137 corridor, including a possible east/west connection between the Des Plaines River Trail in Libertyville and the Robert McClory Bikepath in North Chicago. 

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August 2023: LCDOT has been studying, planning, and obtaining federal funding for a 5.5-mile off-road multi-use path for several years. Named the “Patriot Path”, this path would run along IL 137 from near Independence Grove Forest Preserve to Naval Station Great Lakes.

The Patriot Path would provide a host of new commuting options for residents in central and east-central Lake County, as currently this corridor has limited pedestrian accommodations. Parks, forest preserves, schools, commercial entities, employment centers and transit stops would all be found along the path.

The project has been divided into four segments in order to better manage the construction effort. We are currently in Phase II Design Engineering for segments 1 and 4. Segment 1 is from the Des Plaines River Trail to Brookhaven Drive. Segment 4 is from just east of US 41 to the Robert McClory Bike Path in North Chicago.  

Construction of one or both of these segments is programmed for the year 2025, depending on project readiness and available funds.

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