Reconstruction of Clark Street at Roosevelt Road

Location: Chicago

Client: Chicago Department of Transportation

Completion Date: May 2005

This project consisted of the reconstruction of Clark Street north and south of Roosevelt Road. The goal of the project was to create a grade separation featuring Clark Street passing under the existing Roosevelt Road Bridge, with new entrance and exit ramps to access the existing elevated Clark and Roosevelt intersection. The estimated construction cost was $25 million, and the construction duration was 10 months, which represents a significantly expedited schedule to complete a project of this magnitude and complexity. The high priority of the project required an expedited schedule to be completed by the 2005 festival season. Most significantly the Taste of Chicago.

  • Resident engineering
  • On-Site construction inspection
  • Utility relocation coordination
  • Assisted in major redesign issues with solutions and coordination
  • Monitored and expedited project schedule
  • Major demolition for removal of the existing bridge structures north and south of Roosevelt Road
  • Construction of a new post tensioned bridge deck required to span over three lanes of traffic without sub-structural pier obstructions
  • Extensive utility relocations, including water, electric, sewer, telecommunications and gas
  • Installation of drilled shaft foundations for all five new bridge structures
  • Extensive use of light weight engineered fill to support the new roadway, with minimal pressure impacts to the existing substandard grade below
  • Substantial retaining wall construction to support the entrance and exit ramp construction
  • Entire right-of-way utilized for five lanes of traffic, major utilities and sidewalks in a confined area
  • Installation of lighting, traffic signals, architectural precast enclosure walls, planters and landscaping
  • Significant utility relocations performed during construction of bridge structures that required major coordination and redesigns to maintain the construction schedule
  • Coordination with ongoing development in the area, including a new Target store, new and existing residential developments and an extensively used park area
  • Maintenance of the existing viaduct structure on Roosevelt Road, with very little impact to traffic flows in the east/west directions