Hanson Professional Services Inc., a multidisciplinary consulting firm, has been recognized by the American Public Works Association's (APWA) Illinois Chapter for its exceptional work on two public works projects in the state. The awards were presented during the APWA Illinois Chapter's annual awards banquet held in Peoria on May 3, 2023.
One of the awards Hanson received was the Public Works Project of the Year Award in the transportation category for the renovation of the Front Street corridor in Pekin, Illinois. The project, which cost between $5 million and $25 million, addressed several issues plaguing the transportation corridor, including traffic congestion and flooding. Hanson conducted a traffic engineering study and provided Phase 1 engineering and final design services. The project replaced the concrete pavement, added turn and staging lanes for trucks, incorporated new curbs, gutters and entrances to businesses, coordinated the installation of a combined sewer overflow pipe and upgraded a railroad crossing to accommodate the pipe and improve flood protection.
Hanson also received the Public Works Project of the Year Award in the structures category for the Stratton-Bolger Lock and Dam lock capacity and water-level improvements in McHenry, Illinois. The project, which cost between $5 million and $25 million, involved improving the lock and dam facilities operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to meet the demands of larger boats and water-level requirements. Hanson designed improvements to the lock, including doubling its length and capacity, and a new water-level control structure that uses torque-tube crest gates, replacing the outdated gate structure. Innovative designs include a supplemental filling port with a diffuser to raise the water level and keep the level calm during filling, which is safer for boats, and a bypass pipe in the gate structure that guarantees 94 cubic feet of water per second can pass the dam, meeting IDNR’s requirement.
APWA is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 30,000 members involved in the field of public works. APWA supports those who operate, improve, and maintain public works and infrastructure through advocacy, education, and member engagement.