HLR PROJECTS RECOGNIZED WITH APWA AWARDS
On January 7th, Hampton, Lenzini and Renwick, Inc. (HLR) was honored with two APWA Public Works Project of the Year Awards at the 2015 Southwest Branch American Public Works Association Awards Luncheon. The awards banquet was held at the Patrick Haley Mansion in Joliet, Illinois.
The award recognizes the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant, and the contractor, who complete public projects by working together. The Project of the Year Award was created to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects and is given in four divisions based on the cost of the project. The award can also be given in five categories, based on the type of work that was involved.
The first award that HLR received was given in the category of Transportation for a project of less than $5 Million. The winning project, “Lockport Street Traffic Signal and Sidewalk Improvements,” was performed for the Village of Plainfield. For this project, HLR developed a modern traffic signal design for the intersection of Lockport Street and Wallin Drive which provides pedestrian accommodations and emergency vehicle preemption. A goal of this project was to avoid disruption to the pavement as much as possible. As a result, HLR worked with IDOT and the Village of Plainfield to incorporate thermal imaging video detection, a new nonintrusive detection technology, into this design.
At the intersection of Lockport Street and Van Dyke Road, plans were developed to modify the existing signal to provide pedestrian crossings and internally illuminated street name signs. The design of a new sidewalk between the two project intersections was also included in the improvement. The new sidewalk and modern traffic signal now provide a uniform pedestrian route and traffic signal system along Lockport Street in the Village of Plainfield.
The second award was received for the Reconstruction of 143rd Street from east of Bell Road to east of Will-Cook Road, for which HLR developed the Phase II plans. This award was given in the category of Transportation for a project costing $5 million to $25 million.
The improvement converted 143rd Street from a two-lane rural section to a five-lane urban section. This project also involved a new storm sewer system along 143rd Street, a new storm sewer along Will-Cook Road to supplement an existing and undersized box culvert, and the modification of two existing detention basins. To accommodate the new roadway width, an Intersection Design Study (IDS) was also conducted.
To complete the Phase II design for this project, a wide array of coordination was required. Will County Department of Highways, Cook County Highway Department, and IDOT all have jurisdiction within this area and were involved in the approval of the IDS. The Village of Homer Glen, various utility companies, and the Army Corps of Engineers were also involved in the design phase.
HLR takes pride in the public works projects that we are a part of, and we are honored by this recognition.