EEI Recognized with Award for Warrenville's Williams Road Bridge Project
The City of Warrenville and Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI) accepted the American Public Works Association (APWA), Fox Valley Branch Project of the Year Award in the Transportation category for less than $5 million. The award was accepted at a luncheon held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at Two Brothers Brewing Company in Aurora, Illinois. (Picture: Left to Right Front Row – Ken Copenhaver, Copenhaver Construction Inc.; Luke Martin, RS&H ;Todd Wells, EEI; Mayor David L. Brummel, City of Warrenville; Mike Smith, City of Warrenville; Phil Kuchler, City of Warrenville, Jenn Anderson, APWA FVB President; Left to Right Back Row – Tom Talsma, EEI; Peter Wallers, EEI; John Coakley, City of Warrenville; Tim Weidner, EEI; Chuck Polito, Copenhaver Construction Inc.)
The City of Warrenville began the planning for the Williams Road Bridge reconstruction project in 2008 when the project was awarded federal funding. The existing structure was structurally and functionally deficient, and there had been numerous reports of flooding of the West Branch of the DuPage River and overtopping of Williams Road and the existing structure. The main goal of this project was to remove and replace the existing structure and also raise the bridge and roadway profiles to meet IDOT policies and reduce pavement flooding and overtopping. Other improvements included improving safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, providing improved and more aesthetic lighting, and extending sanitary sewer and water main under the River to serve existing residents and allow for expansion of the future system. The project was completed in November 2015 and over 300 citizens attended the ribbon cutting ceremony that was held. It was truly a project that brought people together.