Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. (GHA) is proud to have completed the Ellis Drive Roadway Improvements project for the Village of Volo, which was honored with the 2024 APWA Lake Branch Project of the Year Award in the Transportation category for projects under $5 million. This $2.4 million initiative successfully extended Ellis Drive, connecting Gilmer Road with US Route 12/IL Route 59, fostering economic and community development.

The project included significant roadway improvements, such as widening the intersections of US Route 12 and Ellis Drive, and Gilmer Road and Ellis Drive. New asphalt pavement and shoulders were installed, along with full-depth pavement removal and replacement. Additionally, storm sewer systems were upgraded, curbs and gutters were installed, and comprehensive stormwater management solutions were implemented, highlighting our commitment to sustainability and environmental protection.

Our comprehensive approach included construction engineering services to ensure that all materials and procedures adhered to contract specifications and regulatory requirements. GHA conducted full-time construction observation to monitor progress and quality, and we performed regular erosion control inspections to maintain environmental standards.

A key element of the Ellis Drive project was the incorporation of pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure. The construction of a 5-lane roadway, an 8-foot bike path, and a 5-foot sidewalk significantly improved access and safety for non-motorized users, promoting a healthier and more connected community.

Throughout the project, GHA maintained close coordination with the Village of Volo, ensuring timely communication and efficient problem-solving. Our dedication to delivering high-quality engineering solutions was evident in every aspect of the project, from initial planning to final completion.

The successful completion of the Ellis Drive Roadway Improvements project not only enhances the infrastructure of the Village of Volo but also demonstrates GHA’s commitment to creating sustainable, innovative solutions that meet the evolving needs of the communities we serve.