Project Spotlight

Project Spotlight: U.S. 150 over BNSF Railroad - Knox County, IL

The relocation of U.S. Route 150 was precipitated by the advanced deterioration of the structure carrying U.S. Route 150 over the BNSF Railroad located at the southeast edge of Galesburg, Illinois. In addition to the structural deficiencies of the bridge, the existing horizontal and vertical roadway alignments did not meet current Illinois Department of Transportation design policy. The Illinois Department of Transportation retained Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. to provide Phase I and Phase II engineering for the structure replacement and roadway realignment.

Led by our Springfield office, the realignment and reconstruction of U.S. Route 150 encompassed approximately 3,055 feet of roadway. U.S. Route 150 shifted approximately 50 feet horizontally and was raised approximately 9 feet vertically in order to meet IDOT policy. Due to the difficulty of utilizing staged construction to build the bridge, U.S. Route 150 was closed to traffic during construction. In addition to the U.S. Route 150 realignment, approximately 1,200 feet of Knox Road 1440N was relocated and a new roadway was constructed.

U.S. Route 150 reopened to traffic in the Fall of 2018.

To read more about the realignment, follow the link below:

https://www.galesburg.com/news/20170911/us-highway-150-realignment-coming-in-2018

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Project Spotlight: Burlington Riverfront TIGER Grant Project

V&K recently submitted a proposal for the Main Street, Jefferson Street and Riverfront Improvements project for the City of Burlington. Led by the Quad Cities office, the proposed team consisted of V&K, SmithGroup, Bruner, Cooper & Zuck, Inc. Terracon, Environmental Planning Strategies and Tallgrass Archaeology. V&K has worked previously with SmithGroup, who provides urban planning/rendering and design services, for the City of Burlington’s Flood Mitigation project. 

 The $17M project includes riverfront amenities (ramp, docks, parking, shade structures), complete streets (9 blocks on Main Street and 8 blocks on Jefferson Street), and combines flood protection, sewer separation, dockage and integrated planning into one effort. The V&K team was selected without interview as we clearly stood out among competitors for the Engineering Services related to the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generation Economic Recovery) grant, a significant aspect of the project’s funding. 

A special thank you to Jason McKenzie (Rock Island) and Eric Lee (Rock Island) for their work completing the grant application for the project!

To learn more about the Riverfront project and other TIGER Grant projects, visit the links below:

https://www.thehawkeye.com/news/20180306/burlington-wins-consequential-17-million-grant-for-jefferson-main-and-riverfront-video

https://www.iapublictransit.com/news/iowa-receives-17-million-in-tiger-grants-from-fta

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