Anderson Road Extension
The Anderson Road Extension is a two-lane (expandable to four-lanes in the future) roadway that links Illinois Route 38 to Keslinger Road in the Village of Elburn, Illinois. The extension consists of approximately 1.6 miles of new and reconstructed roadway. The project included nearly one mile of associated improvements to Keslinger Road, Hicks Drive, and Prairie Valley Street as well as the realignment of the existing access roadway to the Elburn Metra commuter station.
The project also included the construction of a grade separation structure to carry Anderson Road over the Union Pacific Railroad. Coordinating between the contractors, Metra and Union Pacific Railroads during this $14 million construction project was instrumental in providing a safe and efficient process. The project provides a key north-south transportation link for vehicular access to the Metra commuter station and relieves congestion along Illinois Route 47 by providing a grade separation option over the railroad tracks.
HR Green, Inc. was the prime consultant for the complete project design and construction; responsible for completion of the Phase I, Phase II and Phase III engineering services.
As part of Metra’s work along the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) West Line in the early 2000’s, Metra prepared a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) in FTA format, though it was never processed for Federal approval. Metra provided the EA to Kane County for further processing. In Phase I, HR Green used the previously developed EA to prepare the documentation for evaluation and approval by FHWA. HR Green developed the project’s Purpose and Need and also prepared the Environmental Class of Action Determination. HR Green also completed the survey, traffic analyses, geometric studies, preliminary bridge design, drainage studies and public outreach, along with extensive environmental coordination. The project was ultimately processed and approved as a Categorical Exclusion on February 9, 2010.
In Phase II, HR Green prepared the contract plans, specifications and estimates for the proposed improvements, which required extensive coordination with IDOT, UPRR, Metra, Elburn, public services, adjacent major developer and various utility companies.
HR Green also performed Phase III engineering services to assure that the project was constructed in accordance with the Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction, IDOT Highway Standards, approved plans and special provisions. The Phase III engineering included IDOT/Federal documentation of all construction activities such as pay estimates, material inspections/allowances, daily quantities and change orders.