Kane County Division of Transportation

Stearns Road Corridor Design and CE&I

Kane County, IL

Rapid growth and increased traffic demands led Kane County, IL, to evaluate options for a new, second crossing over the Fox River. As part of the planning process, Benesch investigated multiple options for the County, of which the new, $148 million Stearns Road Corridor alternative was chosen. Benesch also provided design and corridor construction management services. The project, which is the largest undertaken in the County to date, included: five miles of new roadway; eight highway bridges including the new Fox River crossing; two railroad bridges; four pedestrian bridges; trail interconnections; new multi-use path; intersection improvements; 10,000 LF of storm sewer; and much more.

The project also included an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), public involvement, Context Sensitive Solutions, a location drainage study and preparation of a design study report. Considerable coordination with the Illinois Department of Transportation, as well as numerous local, state, federal, environmental and rail agencies, was also required. Additional project highlights include:

  • 216 acres of procured green space
  • Hundreds of new tree and shrub plantings
  • Innovative, staged construction plan for four separate contracts
  • Corridor-wide material QA inspection
  • A 65-acre Wetland Restoration Site to protect water quality during construction
  • 35 acres for a new groundwater recharge protection facility
  • Soil erosion and sediment control, including dust control watering and silt fencing
  • Temporary pumping basins and sealed storm sewers
  • Restored savannahs
  • Permeable pavement driveways
  • Endangered species protections (slippershell mussels and River Redhorse fish)

Project highlights

  • Five miles of new roadway
  • Environmental Impact Statement
  • Location Drainage Study
  • 10,000 LF of storm sewer
  • New highway, pedestrian and rail bridges
  • 216 acres of green space
  • 65-acre wetland restoration site
  • Soil erosion and sediment control
  • Savannah restoration