Illinois Tollway Construction Upon Request
The $3.4 billion Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project (EOWA) near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport addresses many transportation needs by improving travel efficiency, providing western access to the airport, creating opportunities for jobs and economic development, enhancing multi-modal connections and reducing congestion. The project includes 17 miles of new roads with 15 new or improved interchanges as part of a new, all-electronic toll road. The project involved rehabilitating and widening Illinois Route 390, formerly known as the Elgin O’Hare Expressway, extending it east along Thorndale Avenue to O’Hare, while also building a new roadway around the western border of O’Hare linking the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294).
Infrastructure Engineering, Inc. (IEI) contracted with the Illinois Tollway (Tollway) for Phase III construction management and engineering for on-call contract task orders, which require construction engineering services including construction inspection and supervision at selected locations for various projects on the Tollway system. Work orders under the blanket agreement are negotiated and authorized by the Tollway on an as-needed basis. Tasks include projects that are required for the construction of the Tollway system and the EOWA Interchange Advance Earthwork and Frontage Road construction; landscaping along the IL 390 corridor; and a detention basin underdrain and pump station construction along IL 390. The total construction budget for IEI construction management tasks is approximately $26 million.
IEI’s scope includes on-site inspection; review layout of contract including design changes, provide geotechnical inspection and testing, prepare records, maintain documentation, submit pay estimates and change orders, and any other duties requiring the services of an engineer to complete this project on a timely basis and in accordance with Tollway specifications, and review and make comments on pre-final design plans submitted to the Tollway for constructability.
- Construction Inspection