Highland Avenue Bridge project earns honors
The Highland Avenue Bridge project near Downers Grove earned the Project of the Year award in the under $5 million category from the suburban branch of the American Public Works Association Chicago Metro Chapter.
The project included replacing old bridge joints and repaving the bridges on Highland Avenue over Route 56 and Interstate 88, DuPage County said in a release. It was the first major repair project for the bridge over Route 56 since it was built in 1987. The bridge was reopened a week ahead of schedule on Aug. 10.
“Repairing the Highland Avenue Bridge was a high priority for us,” DuPage County Transportation Committee Chairman Don Puchalski said in the release. “The bridge is highly trafficked and the deck repairs were necessary in order to ensure continued safe usage and to extend its useful life. Crews were able to complete repairs in a quick and efficient manner, all while providing minimal disruptions to motorists. In the end, receiving this award is the cherry on top of a very successful construction project.”
DuPage County, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Tollway, Lombard and Downers Grove Village collaborated on the project, which came in under the proposed budget.