Several Illinois Projects Honored at Banquet

Illinois-based association selects highway and bridge projects for 2010 award honors.

January 7, 2011
CDR Staff

The Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA), at its 2010 Contractor of the Year Awards ceremony held in December, honored contracting firms for several highway and bridge projects undertaken or completed in 2010.


Left to right: Robert Kutrovatz, vice president of Martam Construction Inc.; Illinois Secretary of Transportation Gary Hannig; David Holland, project manager at Martam Construction; and Chris Haydel of the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Among those honored:
•    Martam Construction Inc., which received the Bridge Rehabilitation Award from Illinois Secretary of Transportation Gary Hannig for bridge repair on the structure carrying Illinois State Route 19 over the Elgin, Jolliet & Eastern Railway Co. rail tracks.

•    James D. Fiala Paving Co. Inc. was presented with the Will County Contractor of the Year Award for the Veterans Parkway Phase III Project. That project is the culmination of the reconstruction of the Veterans Parkway between the Village of Bolingbrook and the Village of Romeoville. Construction on the three-phase project began in 2004 and was completed in 2010. The cost was nearly $11 million and consisted of the reconstruction of more than two miles of rural pavement, vast areas of right-of-way acquisition from multiple property owners, realignment of the existing roadway and construction of a three-tiered retention basin system.

•    Illinois Constructors Corp. earned the McHenry County Division of Transportation’s Contractor of the Year Award. The firm was honored for the replacement of the Kishwaukee Valley Rd. Bridge over the North Branch of the Kishwaukee River. It replaced a bridge built in 1953, which was a two-span continuous steel beam and reinforced concrete deck bridge, 26 feet wide with a span of 80 feet. The outside steel beams were severely rusted with daylight showing through the flanges in some locations. The project included approach pavement, milling and resurfacing, shoulder widening, and guardrail replacement. A major consideration of the project was the presence of the Iowa Darter, an endangered species of fish in the river, and harvest time for a strawberry farm adjacent to the bridge.

•    The Illinois Tollway organization presented an award to IHC Construction Company LLC for culvert repairs on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (Interstate 88), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (Interstate 90) and the Veterans Memorial Tollway (Interstate 355).

More information on the IRTBA can be found at


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