Root Street Relocation

Root Street

Baxter & Woodman provided construction observation for the reconstruction and relocation of W. Root St. from S. Halsted St. to S. Emerald Ave. Included was pavement reconstruction, driveway, curb and gutter, sidewalk removal and replacement, storm sewer improvements, landscaping, street lighting, and traffic signals. Improvements were originally designed in 2008 by others and put on hold until funding was available. CDOT finalized PS&E in 2014/2015, but utility conflicts delayed the construction start. The project was let, awarded, and constructed in 2016.

Project goals included combining westbound and eastbound Root Street and realignment of the intersection. Modernization and enhancements for future development within the 11th Ward and were included, as well as a tribute to the historic Union Chicago Stockyards.

Project elements included:

  • Pavement/Brick/Track Removal
  • Special Waste
  • PCC Base Course
  • HMA Surface Course
  • Curb & Gutter
  • Storm Sewer
  • Traffic Signal Improvements (New Traffic Signal, Pedestrian Signals, Video Detection System)
  • Plantings and Irrigation System
  • Landscaping and Lighting
  • Coordination with CTA, Ward’s Office, Department of Water Management, and ComEd