Orchard Road Widening
HR Green was responsible for the preparation of contract plans and specifications for approximately one mile of widening and resurfacing, from north of the Fox River bridge to north of Mill Road within the Village of Oswego. The existing roadway was widened to provide two 12-ft. through lanes in each direction and an 18-ft. barrier median with grass interior. New traffic signals were installed at U.S. Route 34, Lewis Street, and Mill Road. New roadway lighting within the grass median was also provided.
Auxiliary 12-ft. left and right-turn lanes are at the intersections of U.S. Route 34, Lewis Street, and Mill Road. The existing U.S. Route 34 PCC pavement was re-striped to provide two through lanes and a left-turn lane in each direction. A 12-foot westbound right-turn lane was constructed on U.S. Route 34. The existing cross-section was converted from rural shoulders and ditches to urban curb and gutter with new storm sewer. The existing roadway profile was extremely flat. In order to ensure adequate drainage of the pavement, varying depths of surface removal and leveling binder were proposed throughout the project to maintain a minimum profile grade of 0.4%. As a result of the inconsistent resurfacing depth throughout the project, a complex staging plan was developed in order to facilitate construction while maintaining traffic. Design of the new storm sewer was complicated by the presence of Village owned water main along the west side of the road and on the east side of the road a sanitary force main within an exclusive easement owned by the Fox Metro Water Reclamation District.
Award: ACEC Merit Award in Transportation