Awards: ACEC IL Engineering Excellence Honor Award

The Illinois Tollway proposed the conversion of 20 existing barrier toll plazas to a barrier-free Open Road Tolling (ORT) system. Reconstruction of the existing DeKalb and Dixon mainline toll plazas was an integral part of this program.

We were hired as the lead design firm for the reconstruction of these two plazas. The goal was to cost-effectively provide nonstop electronic ORT, including new plaza buildings, a connecting walkway, and manual lanes with attendant booths and canopies, to relieve congestion, create a safer roadway, and improve air quality.

In just 6 months of design, we were able to convert the existing DeKalb and Dixon plazas to ORT, accomplishing the Tollway’s reconstruction goals while providing cost-effective alternatives and maintaining the original aggressive schedule.

The overwhelming acceptance by both of the communities and the client illustrate the overall excellence of this project.

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