Morgan Avenue Over I-57 Bridge
TWM studied and reconfigured the existing partial interchange at I-57 and The Hill Avenue (formerly Morgan Ave) to the first Diverging Diamond Interchange to open to traffic in Illinois. As part of the project, TWM’s structural engineers designed a new bridge over I-57, paralleling the one the firm previously designed in 2008. The new structure is comprised of 4 spans totaling 370’ with a width of 44’. The superstructure consists of 54” PPC I-beams with an 8” thick, cast-in-place, reinforced concrete deck on integral abutments and modified crash wall drilled shaft bent piers.
The high seismic demands in the region initially required a large spread footing with a substantial amount of temporary earth retention along the existing interstate. TWM determined a cost savings could be realized by switching the substructure type to drilled shafts and eliminating the temporary