Stormwater Management Ordinance Revisions

The McHenry County Stormwater Management Ordinance (SMO) was adopted to minimize the effect of urbanization on stormwater runoff throughout the County. However, the original SMO was written intermittently over a 9-year time span and since its effective date, numerous inconsistencies have been identified and the enforcement of many provisions has...


Dewes Henley Harlem Drainage Improvements

The Dewes-Henley-Harlem neighborhood in Glenview, Illinois, has a long history of repeated flood damages due to a high level of impervious cover and no suitable overland flow path from several low-lying areas. The Village had discussed purchasing vacant land from the Glenview United Methodist Church to provide stormwater detention.  However, the...


East Riverside Blvd. over I-90 Reconstruction

Baxter & Woodman provided design and construction engineering services for the $8.4 million reconstruction of East Riverside Boulevard in Winnebago County, Illinois.  The existing two-lane cross section was upgraded to four through lanes with intersection improvements at the I-90 ramps, Interstate Boulevard and Bell School Road.  The existing bridge carrying East Riverside Boulevard...


Stormwater Drainage Study

Baxter & Woodman completed a city-wide drainage study for the City of Lake Forest and followed that project up with a series of more detailed drainage studies in several problem areas identified by the city-wide study. The projects resulted in the development of a phased improvement program including cost estimates...


Flood Risk Reduction Assessment & Master Plan

The flood damage resulting from severe storm events in September, 2008 and July, 2011 devastated the citizens of the Village of Winnetka, Illinois.  The Village responded by initiating Flood Risk Reduction Assessments to determine what improvements could be made to mitigate flood damage from future storm events in the areas...


Green Infrastructure Improvement Plan

Baxter & Woodman helped the Village of Kenilworth adopt a 10-Year Capital Improvement Plan in 2012. One of the key components of the Plan involved finding a better way to retain and treat stormwater runoff at the individual street level.  This will reduce stormwater velocity, reduce necessary sewer sizes, and...


Maple Avenue Relief Sewer

The Village of La Grange is a suburb of Chicago in Cook County with a population of over 15,500. The Village features a historical downtown business district and residential buildings dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s.  In recent years, the Village has begun an ongoing infrastructure maintenance program...