Wacker Drive and Congress Parkway Interchange

City of Chicago, IL

Project Summary

TranSystems was selected by the Chicago Department of Transportation to perform Program Manager Services for the reconstruction of the north-south section of the multi-level Wacker Drive and the Congress Parkway Interchange. The Program Manager assignment involves the oversight and administration of four distinct construction contracts valued at $303M, as well as coordinating private utility relocation agreements and various City force account work orders. This roadway and bridge project is one of the most complicated ever completed by the City since it involves complex staging to keep 60,000 vehicles and a staggering 150,000 pedestrians moving through the construction zone. Since Wacker Drive also abuts major offices and skyscrapers including the Willis Tower, daily access for workers and deliveries must be accommodated. Wacker Drive’s proximity to the Chicago River and the two primary downtown commuter stations creates additional challenges. The project was awarded ACEC's 2014 Grand Conceptor Award.

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Project Highlights

  • Replacement of a half-mile section of an eight-lane double decker arterial
  • Aesthetic upgrades to the roadway, lighting, green spaces, and decorative finishes
  • Kept 285,000 vehicles and pedestrians moving through construction
  • Awarded ACEC Grand Conceptor Award

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