The Evanston Central Street Bridge Replacement project received a Special Achievement Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Illinois in its 2023 annual Engineering Excellence Award competition.
As the primary consultant, Stanley Consultants provided preliminary engineering, data collection and utility and agency coordination. Engineers also identified alternatives and the preferred alternative, completed contract design plans and coordinated
a robust stakeholder and public information program that proactively gathered input.
Severe deterioration of Evanston’s Central Street Bridge necessitated a complete replacement. The failing three-span bridge was replaced with Evanston’s only single span bridge and its only bridge with no substructure in the North Shore Channel.
The $6.4 million bridge is expected to have a 75- to 100-year lifespan, as it was designed to be easy to construct, inspect and maintain.
Central Street is a dynamic commercial corridor heavily used by cars, CTA buses, bicyclists and pedestrians and provides a critical route for emergency vehicles. Key to the replacement was safely maintaining two-way vehicular and pedestrian traffic throughout
the entire project, while stage reconstructing a bridge that had not been designed to withstand this type of stress. Once the first half of the bridge was removed, the second half required temporary shoring to maintain structural integrity.
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