Plan includes new multi-use bike path
HAWTHORN WOODS, Ill. — The Hawthorn Woods village board voted unanimously March 22 to authorize Mayor Dominick DiMaggio to enter into an agreement between the village and Lake County for road work at Gilmer Road and Midlothian Road. The project would include the construction of a multi-use biking path.
“This is long overdue,” said DiMaggio. “We’ve been talking about making our village bike-friendly for 10 years. Our residents are going to take advantage of it. This is a great thing, and I think it’s going to serve our residents well.”
The cost of the road work, including the multi-use biking path, will be 80 percent covered by Lake County, while 20 percent will be the responsibility of the village.
The ultimate goal of the village is for the construction to result in all bike path trails leading to the Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center at 94 North Midlothian Road.
“It’s pretty exciting,” said Pamela Newton, Hawthorn Woods Chief Operating Officer. “There is a plan, and [the bike path] is a very large portion of it.
According to Newton, the village will consider using grants and possibly COVID-19 relief funds to pay for the bike path.
“I will look under every stone including the forest preserve district for more money,” promised Newton.
The village portion of the cost is estimated to total approximately $200k for the road improvements, with the village’s cost for the bike path making up $42,661 of that number. In 2020, Hawthorn Woods residents voted against a referendum that would fix road infrastructure in Hawthorn Woods and build additional bike paths.