GHA was retained by the City of Des Plaines to improve public safety. The City of Des Plaines initiated traffic signal and intersection improvements at FAU Route 330 U.S. Route 12/45 (Lee Street/Manheim Road) and Forest Avenue. Route 12/45 is a four to five-lane north/south principal arterial connecting the City of Des Plaines’ downtown area with the Lee Street and Oakton Street business corridors with the majority of the project being in a highly commercialized area intermixed with residential housing.

The project includes the widening of Lee Street/Manheim Road to create separate left turn lanes at a new signalized intersection with Forest Avenue. The west leg of Forest Avenue will be widened to provide a 3-lane roadway section.

Property acquisition was required from 21 parcels to accommodate the proposed improvements. Frequent communication with affected property owners at the onset of the project was a necessity.

GHA served as the Resident Engineer for Phase III Construction Engineering, and performed duties in accordance with IDOT requirements for federally funded project. Construction required close coordination with residents and local business.