Baxter & Woodman | McHenry County Division of Transportation

Randall Road Reconstruction Project​

A Large and Complex Project – A Collaborative Team​

Civiltech joined Baxter & Woodman to bring an experienced and skilled Construction Engineering team to this complex project. This project involved approximately 1.5 miles of reconstruction of a heavily traveled commercial roadway. The project, stretching from Harnish Drive to Polaris Drive, involved 6 intersections, including the large intersection of Randall and Algonquin Roads. In addition to roadway reconstruction, the project included a pedestrian underpass, retaining wall construction, a new boardwalk, drainage improvements, street light and traffic signal installation, and new pavement markings and signings.

The Randall Road and Algonquin Road Intersection

The Randall/Algonquin intersection was a significant component of the overall project. Many alternatives were reviewed during design (including an overpass) to accommodate the heavy traffic. An at-grade intersection was chosen so that the retail facilities on all four corners would remain accessible. The solution included expanding from a 5-lane cross section to 9 lanes on Algonquin and 10 lanes on Randall. The turning movements were addressed with new right turn lanes and triple left turn lanes.


Accommodating Travel During Construction

With miles of PCC pavement, intricate traffic staging was required to keep businesses accessible and maintain traffic loads. The CE team worked closely with the contractor provide space for safe travel and work. Cross roads around the intersection had to accommodate thousands of vehicles per day. Constant monitoring and adjusting of signal timings throughout the length of the project, helped minimize traffic delays.


Complex Utility and Stakeholder Coordination

Utility coordination was extensive with large-scale relocations happening alongside the project for over a year. Our team modified traffic stages to keep the contractor working on critical path items to minimize delays and worked to overlap the relocations seamlessly with the project improvements. Stakeholder coordination and communication was critical. Civiltech’s Resident Engineer carefully coordinated with local businesses and agencies keeping them updated on status and work items that affected access to their facilities. The team also worked to keep the municipalities and their emergency forces updated on project activity.


This Project Incorporates the Following:

  • Large team collaboration
  • Complex intersection construction
  • Maintenance of traffic
  • Complex traffic staging
  • Monitoring and adjusting of signal timings
  • Critical path focus

Scope of Services

  • Resident Engineering
  • Construction Inspection
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Layout
  • Bridge / Structure Construction Inspection
  • Construction Documentation
  • Coordination and Public Involvement
  • Utility Coordination
  • Interagency Coordination
  • QA Material Testing


Federal and Local

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