Starting March 2016, R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (R.M. Chin) will begin corridor construction management (CCM) services on the eastern segment of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project to help the Illinois Tollway deliver its $2.5 billion project on time and within budget. The I-90 project involves the rebuilding and widening of 62 miles to deliver a 21st century, state-of-the-art corridor linking Rockford to O’Hare Airport. The first phase of project, which involved the rebuilding and widening the 37-mile western segment of roadway to three lanes in each direction, was completed in 2014 within budget and on schedule in just two years.
As mentor protégé on AMEC Foster Wheeler and Jacobs’ joint-venture team, R.M. Chin will deliver roadway improvements on the eastern segment, from Elgin to the Tri-State Tollway (I-294). Work this year includes mainline roadway reconstruction and widening to four lanes in each direction, as well as local crossroad bridge reconstruction and interchange improvements. R.M. Chin provided construction management oversight on the retaining wall construction in 2014, the outside mainline pavement in 2015, and will continue to support the completion of the project in 2016.
The Tollway has a reputation for implementing an aggressive schedule and this project is no different. Michael Levar, Jr., Project Manager at R.M. Chin and the project’s Corridor Construction Manager, remarks, “We knew it was going to be difficult to deliver this stretch of roadway based on its proximity to the Tri-State, Kennedy Expressway, and O’Hare Airport, not to mention all of the neighboring municipalities and local agencies, but we’re coordinating with all of the stakeholders to get the job done on time.”
For the first time in Tollway’s history, funding is available to accommodate transit options into I-90 as well as accommodate future transit expansion plans. “Thanks to our partner firms, AMEC Foster Wheeler and Jacobs, we are proud to be part of this significant project to reduce congestion, make I-90 safer and more efficient for Tollway customers, and promote economic development in the region,” said Eileen Chin, R.M. Chin President.