The Village of Schaumburg is pleased to announce the Bethel Lane Relocation Project has been awarded several accolades from the American Public Works Association.
The project was first selected as the Public Works Project of the Year by the Suburban Branch of the Chicago Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association. The relocation project received the award in the transportation category for projects less than $5 million.
At the 2019 Awards Program for the Chicago Chapter held March 15, the project was named the winner of the Chicago Metro Chapter Award. The project will now move on to compete at the national level against other nominated projects from chapters around the country.
Bethel Lane was temporarily closed in the spring of 2017 while the roadway was relocated and reconstructed between Pleasant Drive and Roselle Road to improve safe traffic flow for both cars and pedestrians. Reconstruction of the street was planned to coincide with the village’s annual street improvement program, which prioritizes local streets in need of repair through resurfacing, reconstruction and other surface treatments.
As part of the project, the parking lot of Schaumburg Christian School was consolidated north of Bethel Lane, which allowed the mid-block pedestrian crossings to be eliminated. This resulted in improved safety conditions since it reduced the need for church and school pedestrian traffic to cross the roadway.
The project also included adding a new traffic signal at Roselle Road and Bethel Lane, which has made left turns onto Bethel Lane easier and safer during rush hours. The signal was activated in 2018 and marked the completion of the project.
The Bethel Lane Relocation project also brought economic benefits to the community. By relocating the roadway, the property south of Schaumburg Christian School was able to be developed as part of M/I Homes’ second phase of its residential development of Pleasant Square. This allowed the village to add a variety of high-quality housing stock near Town Square that is now generating tax revenues for the community.
For more information on the Bethel Lane Road Improvement Project and its benefits to the community, contact Karyn Robles at firstname.lastname@example.org or dial 311 in the village.
The American Public Works Association (APWA) is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 30,000 members involved in the field of public works. APWA supports those who operate, improve and maintain public works and infrastructure through advocacy, education, and member engagement. For more information on APWA and its initiatives, visit their website at www.apwa.net.