Cook County Center Street

  • Cook County Center Street
  • Cook County Center Street
  • Cook County Center Street
  • Cook County Center Street


Client: Cook County Department of Transportation

Location: Harvey, IL


Center Street is the major point of access for Canadian National’s (CN) Gateway terminal. This project helped facilitate the movement of truck traffic in to and out of City of Harvey’s Industrial Park, which includes CN’s Gateway Intermodal Terminal, UPS, and other national and local businesses. The existing road was built at a time when trucks were smaller, narrower and lighter, and before increased intermodal traffic at the terminal. Improvements included widening, turn lanes and signalization, as well as better drainage.

The project is comprised of 1.5 miles of roadway along Center Street from 159th to 171st Streets and was reconstructed to three (3) eleven-foot travel lanes with combination concrete curb and gutter. The existing composite pavement of Center Street was completely removed and then reconstructed with PCC Pavement (12 Inch) along with a 12-inch Aggregate Subgrade. Also included was the removal and replacement of existing drainage structures, main storm sewer, traffic signal work at the intersections of Center Street with 171 Street and 167 Street, temporary traffic signals in order to accommodate construction staging, Illinois Central Railroad Company/CN coordination, water main installation, reconstruction of side streets as indicated on the plans, pavement markings, signing, parkway landscaping with topsoil and seeding, detour routing, traffic protection and all other work as required to complete the improvement.

Services Provided

d’Escoto, Inc. provided Phase III Construction Inspection services for this project.
Responsibilities included:

  • Review and documentation of existing site conditions
  • Measuring, recording and documenting material quantities and line items for storm sewer installation, final pavement, traffic signals, earth excavation, and box culvert installation
  • Inspecting and reporting on the conditions of the overall Jobsite in accordance with IEPA regulations to ensure the prevention of pollutants caused from road construction from entering waterways and streams
  • Reporting on Contractor daily operations and activities
  • Inspecting and reporting traffic safety and signage conditions
  • Preparing quantities for monthly pay estimates
  • Measuring elevations using survey equipment
  • Coordinating and communicating between Contractor and Utility Companies
  • Assisting in organization of bi-weekly construction meetings
  • Coordinating with Illinois Central Railroad Company/CN