Congestion Relief Program
The Illinois Tollway launched a 10-year, $6.3 billion Congestion-Relief Program (CRP) in order to renovate and expand the existing Tollway system. The major components of the CRP included: the complete overhaul of 20 mainline Toll Plazas to electronic toll collection, Open Road Tolling, reconstruction and widening of I-88 and I-294, and the south extension of I-355. The goal of the program was to rebuild or restore the majority of the 45 year old roadway and significantly reduce traffic congestion and travel times.
d’Escoto, Inc.’s Role
d’Escoto, Inc. provided the following program management services to the Illinois Tollway:
Project Manager for the oversight and coordination between the Construction Manager (CM), the Contractor (GC), and Illinois Tollway departments (Executive, Engineering, Maintenance,Facilities, and Communications).
Review and processing of pay applications, schedules, design revisions, change orders, extra work orders, claims and performance evaluations using web-based project management system.
Review and coordination of the maintenance of traffic (MOT) for each stage of construction with the Tollway staff and any adjoining project staffs.
Review and processing of CM pay applications and budget oversight.
Managing, revising and maintaining the status of detailed project cost estimates/forecasts to include all phases of project execution.
Tracking and analyzing costs including budgets, commitments, actual, accruals and forecasts
Assisting in forecasting engineering and construction resource requirements.
Diversity program oversight and auditing of DBE/EEO contract goals.
All projects were delivered on-time and under construction budget while maintaining the existing traffic capacity during the duration of the construction. Budget and schedule were essential for coordination between adjoining reconstruction projects in order to complete the program within a compressed construction schedule. The Open Road Tolling conversion of all 20 mainline Plazas was completed within 22 months.