(Chicago, IL) – Three high-profile Benesch projects have a chance to compete at the national level after winning 2018 APWA Chicago City Branch awards – an honor recognizing outstanding engineering achievement. The three projects, highlighted below, will all advance to the APWA chapter level for a chance to then move on to compete for APWA’s Public Works Project of the Year award at the national level.
All three winning projects are located in Chicago, are owned by the Chicago Department of Transportation and involved highly complex project challenges with innovative engineering solutions:
130th & Torrence Avenue Grade Separation
Category: Transportation, Over $75 Million
Serving approximately 38,000 vehicles, 50 freight trains and 41 passenger trains every day, the 130th Street and Torrence Avenue grade separation project on Chicago’s south side transformed one of the city’s most congested intersections into a sophisticated, multi-tiered grade separation featuring depressed, realigned and widened roadways with six new bridges.
Category: Structures, Over $75 Million
This 1.3-mile project reconstructed unattached riverfront spaces along the Chicago River into a continuous Riverwalk that adds 2,800 feet of walkway connecting the Lakefront to Chicago’s West Loop. The Riverwalk is now a premiere urban space featuring numerous recreational amenities that enable the public to connect with one of Chicago’s greatest natural features.
Damen, Elston, Fullerton Intersection Reroute
Category: Transportation, $5-25 Million
This innovative reroute of one of the city’s most congested intersections involved transforming a six-legged intersection into three traditional intersections. The project has successfully alleviated area traffic while improving safety and access for a myriad of corridor users. The final result is a greatly improved corridor fully embraced by businesses and residents alike, complete with dedicated bike lanes and expansive sidewalks for pedestrians.