Project Description

Morgan Avenue Over I-57 Bridge

  • LOCATION: City of Marion, IL

  • CLIENT: IDOT District 9 | City of Marion

  • QUICK FACT: First Diverging Diamond Interchange/Bridge in the state of Illinois

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

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