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»William Charles Con20-mile struction repaved a stretch of Illinois’ I-39. Civil | WILLIAM CHARLES CONSTRUCTION – I-39 REPAVING Patching Up the Highway MOISTURE CREATED CHALLENGES FOR AN ILLINOIS REPAVING PROJECT. BY RUSS GAGER W hen you’re cruising down a highway and suddenly hit a rough patch of broken and patched pavement, that interruption of your smooth sailing may have several causes, including moisture. That was the case with a 20-mile stretch of I-39 about 30 miles south of Rockford, Ill., near Rochelle in the northwest part of the state. “It’s a pretty wet area down there,” General Superintendent Jim Kohlhorst summarizes. “It’s all farmland in that area around Rochelle. The groundwater is real shallow, and it’s not real good soil. It’s got a pretty high water table.” This concrete, four-lane divided highway had asphalt shoulders and a median about 50 feet wide with a 4-foot ditch between the two pairs of lanes and shoulders. It extends between major interstates I-88 and I-80. Because of the highway’s deterioration, the $11 million first phase of the project required replacement of the shoulders with concrete and then patching 9,000 square yards of the concrete highway. “These asphalt shoulders were in such bad shape, they needed to be replaced,” Kohlhorst explains. “They’ve had some drainage problems. There is no drainage underneath these shoulders, and they were just laid right on the dirt. This road is 25 years old, so this is the first time the shoulders have ever been touched.” William Charles Construction – I-39 Repaving • Project cost: $41 million • Location: Lee County, Ill. • Employees on site at peak: 50 • Scope: Rebuilding shoulders, patching highway and repaving Shoulder Replacement That totaled 80 miles, or 336,000 square yards, of original shoulder replacement, an extensive job even for the experienced road surgeons at William Charles Construction. In bidding the job, these road surgeons had to scrape costs to the bone – or the road surface – so all the asphalt excavated from the site was reused. Part of the asphalt that was removed from the shoulders was used as a 55,000-ton stone base for the new concrete shoulders. “We didn’t truck them off – we just put them into the closed lane “We had to get pretty creative on this one to get it as cheap as we did.” –Jim Kohlhorst, general superintendent 76 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM FEBRUARY 2011 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Today - February 2011

Construction Today - February 2011
Out of the Blues
Best Practices
Exploring BIM
Construction Law
Wall Works USA Inc.
Epoch Properties
Pacific Pile & Marine
Dufferin Construction – Highways 403 and 401 Projects
Natt McDougall Co.
Abhe & Svoboda Inc.
Malcolm Drilling
McKinney Drilling Co.
ODOT/Miller Cable Co. – Northeast Ohio ITS Project
Barnard Construction – Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Redevelopment Project
C.A. Barrs Contractor Inc.
Charles Blalock and Sons Inc.
Parsons Brinkerhoff, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Skanska USA, Dragados USA and Tutor Perini – Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement
William Charles Construction – I-39 Repaving
Wadman Corp.
CB Richard Ellis Canada
The Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd./PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Fargo Pacific Inc.
Critchfield Pacific Inc.
Harold O’Shea Builders
Culpepper Construction Co. Inc.
Golden State Framers
HRH Construction
Hudspeth & Associates Inc.
Hyder Construction
IMC Construction Inc.
Jones Lang LaSalle – Empire State Building Renovation and Retrofit
Econo-Malls Management Corp.
Ruscio Studio
Turner Construction San Diego – New Central Library
Trotter & Morton – University of Calgary
Collavino Construction Co. Inc. – One World Trade Center
Danis Building Construction Company – The Indu and Raj Soin Medical Center
F.J. Sciame Construction Co. – Abraham Joshua Heschel School
Eckman Construction – Pinkerton Academy Freshman Building
The Hagerman Group – Parkview Whitley Hospital
Scheck Industries
Whaler Industrial Contracting Inc.
Last Look

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