Awards

Randall Road at Weld Road/US 20

Kane County Division of Transportation

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Fox Valley Branch

Public Works Project of the Year: Transportation, $5 million to $25 million

The Randall Road at Weld Road/US 20 project eliminated the east Weld Road at Randall Road connection to provide a new continuous flow ramp from northbound Randall Road to eastbound US 20.  New signals and striping provide additional capacity for traffic along Randall Road and a safer driving experience for all motorists.  BLA provided Phase III engineering services on behalf of the Kane County DOT for this project.

Hunt Club Road at Grand Avenue (IL 132)

Lake County Division of Transportation

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Lake Branch

Public Works Project of the Year: Transportation, $5 million to $25 million

BLA provided Phase III engineering services on the $6 million project which included pavement widening, asphalt resurfacing, lighting and traffic signal and sidewalk improvements.  Along Hunt Club Road, pavement was widened to the west to accommodate dual left turn lanes on both sides of the intersection and a new right turn lane onto westbound Grand Avenue.  Eastbound Grand Avenue included a new right turn lane onto southbound Hunt Club Road.  The final product resulted in enhanced safety and intersection operations as well as better pedestrian and transit connectivity.

Bethel Lane

Village of Schaumburg

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Chapter

Public Works Project of the Year: Transportation, Less than $5 million

and

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Suburban Branch

Public Works Project of the Year: Transportation, Less than $5 million

​The Bethel Lane project improved traffic and pedestrian safety in a school zone.  The improvement included roadway relocation, a new signalized intersection at Bethel Lane and Roselle Road and the construction of a new parking lot with the installation of an underground stormwater detention facility for Bethel Ministries.  ​The project provided improved traffic management for pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists.

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Longmeadow Parkway

Kane County Division of Transportation

Phase I and II Consultant of the Year, 2017 and 2018

After recognizing outstanding consultant performance on construction projects for a number of years, KDOT decided to also begin recognizing consultants on design performance.  BLA designed the widening and extension of Longmeadow Parkway for 2.32 miles and the widening and reconstruction of Sleepy Hollow Road for 0.81 miles; the project also included a new bridge for a grade separation of IL 31.  Besides the Section B design, BLA led the value engineering team on the entire corridor spanning 5.5 miles and multiple project structures including the Fox River bridge.

Washington Street

Lake County Division of Transportation

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Lake Branch

Public Works Project of the Year: Transportation, $25 million to $75 million

and

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Chapter

Public Works Project of the Year: Transportation, $25 million to $75 million

and

ACEC of Illinois Engineering Excellence - Merit Award

For 10 years, BLA was involved in various sections and phases (Phase I preliminary, Phase II design, Phase III construction) of the Washington Street corridor projects.  Phase I and II involvement included roadway widening, design of a CN Railroad grade separation, public involvement and value engineering.  Phase III included widening, reconstruction, retaining walls, watermain, a lift station and public information.

Brierhill Road

Village of Deerfield

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Lake Branch

Public Works Project of the Year: Transportation, Less than $5 million

​Brierhill Road is a 0.75 mile no outlet road that was failing along with its infrastructure.  The project included roadway reconstruction, a new watermain, new sanitary sewer manholes, lining of the existing sanitary system and several drainage improvements.  Challenges included the dead end roadway, landscaping/mature trees extending to edge of pavement, private construction equipment, severely eroded drainage way and heavy rains throughout construction.

River Road at Roberts Road

Lake County Division of Transportation

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Lake Branch

Public Works Project of the Year: Transportation, $5 million but less than $25 million

and

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Chapter

Public Works Project of the Year: Transportation, $5 million but less than $25 million

​The project converted a signalized T-intersection into a multi-lane roundabout — the first multi-lane roundabout in Lake County.  ​The project was faced with significant environmental and constructability challenges ranging from ADID Wetland impacts to extremely poor soils where organic material extended 50 feet below grade and required experimental technologies never before used in the State of Illinois.

Buckbee Creek Outfall at Rock River

City of Rockford

APWA Illinois Chapter Public Works

Project of the Year: Environment, Less than $5 million

The Buckbee Creek channel and outfall was suffering serious erosion problems and threatened to undermine the adjacent Rock River Water Reclamation District building.  BLA investigated, researched and developed alternatives to find the best solution for the site.  ​The project was constructed within the active channel requiring prevention of Rock River water from entering the site while maintaining drainage from Buckbee Creek to the river.  ​The reconstruction project successfully arrested the channel erosion and restored and stabilized the Buckbee Creek outfall to the Rock River.​

Rakow Road

McHenry County Division of Transportation

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Fox Valley Branch

Public Works Project of the Year: Transportation, $25 million to $75 million

Rakow Road is one of the County’s most critical corridors.  BLA widened and reconstructed 3.1 miles through Crystal Lake and Lake in the Hills.  The project also included a realignment, a culvert and a pedestrian/bike overpass.  BLA led MCDOT’s largest ever public information campaign to keep residents and businesses informed.

Zion MFT Program

City of Zion

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Lake Branch

Public Works Project of the Year: Transportation, Less than $5 million

and

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Lake Branch

Chapter: Sustainability

BLA performed design and construction management for three streets in the City of Zion:  Gilead Avenue, Gilboa Avenue and Elizabeth Avenue.  Scope of services included design and construction for the milling, full-depth reclamation (FDR) and resurfacing of the residential streets.  The project was the first of its kind in District One for MFT eligibility.  The estimated savings from using FDR was $100,000.

Stearns Road Corridor

Kane County Division of Transportation

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Fox Valley Branch

Public Works Project of the Year: Transportation, Over $75 million

and

ACEC Illinois Honor Award

and

ACEC Eminent Conceptor Award

BLA’s portion consisted of 2.2 miles of roadway reconstruction and the intersection realignments of Stearns Road, IL 25 and Dunham Road.  The roads were widened and reconstructed from two lanes into four lanes with medians and dedicated turn lanes.  The project also included the construction of a new structure for IL 25 over Brewster Creek.

Short Street Bridge

Village of Lisle

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Suburban Branch

Public Works Project of the Year: Transportation, Less than $5 million

Short Street Bridge was built in 1974 and nearing its service life.  The new bridge was designed to be a three-span bridge utilizing a cast-in-place deck.  The bridge was widened to include a multi-use path on the north side and a sidewalk on the south.  Aesthetics included integrally-colored sidewalk, stained formliner concrete parapet walls and decorative railings.

Jefferson Avenue Bridge

City of Naperville

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Fox Valley Branch

Public Works Project of the Year: Structures, Less than $5 million

The original three-span deck beam bridge, built in 1962, had reached its life span.  The City of Naperville selected BLA to perform complete design services for the replacement of the Jefferson Avenue Bridge, the adjacent roadway and a bike path across the DuPage River.  Improvements to Naperville’s Riverwalk and Fireman’s Memorial Park were also included in the project.

Algonquin Road

McHenry County Division of Transportation

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Fox Valley Branch

Public Works Project of the Year: Transportation, $25 million to $75 million

and

American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois Engineering Excellence

Special Achievement Award: Transportation

This project reconstructed and widened 4.8 miles of Algonquin Road.  It was widened to include two travel lanes in each direction and new turn lanes at all the intersections.  Also included was the reconstruction of the bridge over Woods Creek and a retaining wall consisting of soldier piles and precast concrete panels.  Another unique design element was the use of 2 x 4 x 8-foot EPS fill blocks.  The EPS fill was used to save the money of removing the 30 foot depth of peat or building a land bridge over the poor soils.  Signals were replaced with new state-of-the-art traffic signals with video vehicle detection and battery backup systems.

Schelter Road

Village of Lincolnshire

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Lake Branch

Public Works Project of the Year: Transportation, Less than $5 million

The Village of Lincolnshire reconstructed a 4,000-foot stretch of industrial roadway while maintaining 24/7 access to critical facilities residing within the project limits.  Constant communication set this project apart.

Warrenville Road at Naperville Road

DuPage County Division of Transportation

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Suburban Branch

Public Works Project of the Year: Transportation, $10 million to $100 million

Warrenville Road and Naperville Road were widened to increase the future capacity expected as a result of the widening and ramp reconfiguration of the adjacent I-88 Tollway.  In addition, West Lucent Lane was relocated to meet the proposed connector road where the new I-88 ramps would be accessed.  This project was a major improvement for DuPage to clear up one of the biggest areas of congestion within the County.  After completion, the area roads operate more efficiently and make travel easier for the residents and workers in the area.

108th Avenue

Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Southwest Branch

Public Works Project of the Year: Transportation, $2 million to $10 million

One mile of 108th Avenue was completely reconstructed moving the road east 12 feet.  Hills were cut and low areas were filled up to five feet to provide a better sight plane from side streets and driveways on the west side of 108th Avenue entering and exiting the road as well as roadway travel itself.

95th Street

City of Naperville

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Fox Valley Branch

Public Works Project of the Year: Transportation, $2 million to $10 million

About one mile of 95th Street was completely reconstructed.  The project provided additional lanes, an underground drainage system, a solid composite pavement cross section for truck traffic, curb and gutter, sidewalks and new traffic signals.  This project was conceived to accommodate additional traffic, increase motorist safety and increase pedestrian safety.

Graf Road

McHenry County Division of Transportation

APWA Chicago Metro Chapter - Fox Valley Branch

Public Works Project of the Year: Structures, Less than $2 million

This project involved the removal and replacement of a deteriorated bridge carrying Graf Road over Little Beaver Creek.  BLA prepared various alternatives for replacement including a three-sided precast concrete structure.  The precast structure not only proved to be more economical than a conventional bridge, but it also allowed construction to be completed ahead of schedule.  The new bridge provides increased lane widths and shoulders so that motorists no longer need to stop and wait for farm equipment to pass over the bridge.

Winston Park

Village of Palatine

Merit Award from the Consulting Engineers Council of Illinois

This project required extensive public involvement along with complicated drainage design to alleviate flooding in the Village of Palatine.  BLA performed preliminary studies, final contract plans and construction inspection for an area of approximately 1,000 homes that had flooding problems.  BLA provided coordination for all phases between the Village, staff and residents.

US 20

Village of Bloomingdale

Award for Exceptional Consulting Engineering Services

Urban Highway Project Phase II from the Illinois Department of Transportation

and

Merit Award from the Consulting Engineers Council of Illinois

This award is granted to one consulting engineering firm within the State of Illinois that is able to demonstrate services beyond what is considered as normal practice.  The design consisted of roadway reconstruction, intersection improvements, signals, lighting, drainage, grading, streetscape design, traffic control plans and utility relocation.  The plan required detailed and complex staging plans because of the extensive centerline realignment and consideration for maintaining all existing traffic lanes and accessibility to all adjacent businesses.  The project went through Old Town Bloomingdale and was coordinated with the Village staff.

IL 31 and US 14

Illinois Department of Transportation

Nominated for Rural Highway Projects, Phase II Engineering from the Illinois Department of Transportation

BLA provided design engineering services for the widening and reconstruction of two miles of IL 31 and the diamond interchange with US 14 (Northwest Highway) in Crystal Lake.  Work included design of roadway, topographic survey, grading, drainage, maintenance of traffic, traffic signals, utilities, watermain and sanitary sewers and extensive landscaping.