The Russell Road Bridge at I-94 project won an Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois.
The existing Russell Road bridge was deteriorating and the vehicle capacity of the bridge was less than what was required for the area. The original footprint of the bridge was nearly doubled during reconstruction by widening the bridge deck from 35 feet to 84 feet, which included the addition of a multi-use pathway. Additional shoulder access improved vehicle safety by providing room for vehicles needing to pull off the roadway. Traffic channelization, through the addition of raised and painted islands at the top of the ramps, improved pedestrian safety where the ramps cross the pedestrian pathways.
The project included the removal of existing structures, erection of new a substructure and superstructure, placing of pavement and shoulders, storm sewer removal/installation, retaining wall construction, roadway lighting, and earthwork.