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Civil | F.H. PASCHEN - ELGIN O'HARE WESTERN ACCESS PROJECT

Paving New Ways

F.H. PASCHEN IS AT WORK ON ILLINOIS' ELGIN O'HARE WESTERN ACCESS PROJECT. BY ALAN DORICH

Paschen's work on the
ยป F.H.
EOWA project includes a
2,000-foot-long bridge.
CREDIT: BRIAN FRITZ PHOTOGRAPHY

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f there is anything drivers want, it is
the ability to get to their destination as
quickly and smoothly as possible. Illinois Tollway's Elgin O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project will help them do that
with the addition of 17 miles of new roads
and 15 new or improved interchanges.
The $3.4 billion project will provide
western access to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. This is not only expected
to reduce traffic congestion, but also bring
more jobs and economic development to
the region.
Chicago-based F.H. Paschen is one of the
general contractors on the massive project,
and is at work on a $59 million section of
the road that will connect Interstate 390
(I-390) to Prospect Avenue in Itasca, Ill.

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F.H. Paschen - Elgin
O'Hare Western Access Project
www.fhpaschen.com
* Project budgets (combined):
Approximately $97 million
* Location: Itasca, Ill.
* F.H. Paschen Employees: 50+
* Scope: New bridge and oad construction

"It was a well-coordinated job
and everyone worked very afely."
- Timo y Bea, enior project manager of e civil division

"We're constructing approximately 0.75
miles of eastbound and westbound I-390
including frontage roads and ramps," Senior Project Manager of the Civil Division
Timothy Bea says.

"There's concrete pavements to do [along
with] four separate retaining walls and four
bridge structures," he says, noting that the
project also will complete some asphalt
paving and implement signage, pavement
markings and roadway lighting. The work is
scheduled to complete late summer of 2017.

Avoiding Road Blocks
F.H. Paschen's previous work on the EOWA
project includes a 2,100-foot-long bridge in
Itasca, Ill., that was budgeted at nearly $38
million. "The bridge connects westbound
[Interstate 290] I-290 to the new I-390," Bea
says, noting that work started on the bridge
in spring 2014.
"[We began] with all the substructure
work for the bridge and some ramp work


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