Bliss Road, Main Street & Fabyan Parkway Intersection Improvements
As the resident engineer for this project, we aimed to improve safety and relieve traffic congestion in the Batavia/Sugar Grove/Elburn area. This locally funded, $12-million project involved removing two signalized intersections at Bliss Road/Main Street and Fabyan Parkway/Main Street and replacing them with more than 10,000 feet of a new HMA roadway and an oval-shaped, single-lane roundabout. Our team worked across disciplines to account for safety, community needs, and environmental concerns, addressing the various construction phases through environmental support for permitting and clean construction or demolition debris removals, survey assistance, arborist interpretations, lighting design for night sky concerns, and more. Work was completed ahead of the scheduled date and under the awarded contract value.
This project won the 2024 APWA Chicago Metro Chapter (Fox Valley Branch) Public Works Project of the Year in the Transportation category ($5 to $25 Million).
The Bliss Road corridor involved 4,500 feet of new HMA roadway through agricultural and Batavia Park District properties, crossing jurisdictional riparian environments associated with Lake Run Creek. A new skewed, twin-cell box culvert accommodated the new alignment. Two naturalized stormwater basins and a compensatory storage basin were also constructed.
Major embankment placements required continuous testing of the 45,000 cubic yards of imported material. Due to construction in and adjacent to the floodplain, undercuts and unsuitable removals were required. Field drain tiles were reconnected to the new drainage systems which required diligent monitoring, coordination with farmers, and onsite design modifications. Our team utilized GPS rovers and mobile tablets for daily monitoring of quantities and locations, working with the Contracting Foremen to document items.
In-stream work involved a creek bypass system, cofferdam, and regular erosion control monitoring with Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District. Tree removals through the Park District and Forest Preserve properties were closely monitored. A slope stabilization system involving naturalized plantings was incorporated along Main Street to accommodate 1:1 slopes.
Grade changes of the roadway profiles, due to re-alignment, also required advance coordination to accommodate lane shifts and worker safety. Road closures were required to finalize connections of all traffic movements into the roundabout.
ComEd relocations included a major 138kV transmission main along Bliss Road as well as localized buried and aerial facilities on each roadway. The adjacent church and school, Batavia Park District parking lot, and residential properties required continual coordination to maintain access.