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12 Infrastructure Projects
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1 BNSF Princeton and Wyanet Bridges

The bridges, built in 1899, will be demolished and reconstructed. The two, double-track mainline bridges are approximately 400 feet long and span the West Bureau Creek in Wyanet, Illinois and Big Bureau Creek in Princeton, Illinois.

Wyanet, IL 61379, USA

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2 River Point Overbuild and Park

McHugh will be constructing the first phase of the River Point development that includes the site’s infrastructure built over five active commuter rail lines and the 55,000 sf landscaped plaza and park on top.

444 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60606, USA

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3 35th Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge

Construction is starting on the new 35th Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge, which will span south Lake Shore Drive, providing people improved access to the lakefront. Part of the City’s Building a New Chicago program that is investing over $7 billion in infrastructure improvements throughout Chicago, the new structure will replace the existing 75-year-old bridge.

3155 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60616, USA

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4 UPRR UPDS Transload Expansion

McHugh is constructing Phase 2 of the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) UPDS Transload Expansion project in Odessa, Texas. The 100-acre expansion of the existing rail yard includes excavation and grading, site utilities, site electric, yard buildings, structural concrete, paving, and 30,000 feet of new track. 

Odessa, TX, USA

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5 Wacker Drive Viaduct Reconstruction

The north-south portion of Wacker Drive, a two-level, main thoroughfare through downtown Chicago, was originally built in the mid-1950s and was in an advanced state of disrepair. McHugh was selected to perform this massive and highly complex $135 million reconstruction of the viaduct from Randolph Blvd. on the north to Van Buren Blvd. on the south.

N Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606, USA

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6 Stickney Sludge Treatment Facility

The Stickney Treatment plant is the world's largest waste water treatment facility, handling 1.2 billion gallons per day and serving 2.4 million people in a 260 square mile area including the central part of Chicago and 43 suburban communities.

6001 W Pershing Rd, Cicero, IL 60804, USA

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7 UPRR Sunset Route - Iris to Acolita

Construction has begun on the 11.5-mile stretch of UPRR’s Sunset Route from Iris to Acolita in the Imperial Sand Dunes of southern California. Crews will build a second mainline track with 9 bridges, 39 drainage structures with headwalls, 59 jack and bore pipes, and approximately 92,000 cubic yards of embankment.

Iris, CA 92233, USA

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8 51st Street Bridges

McHugh rehabilitated 1,800 feet of roadway, rebuilding the exit ramp from the Norfolk Southern rail yard and replacing eighteen rail bridges along 51st Street in Chicago.

5100 S Normal Ave, Chicago, IL 60609, USA

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9 BNSF Bridge No. 1.94

Work included the demolition of the existing 203-foot long bridge over Sangamon Street at 16th Street, constructing drilled-shaft retaining walls, and then filling in the viaduct. The work was performed under five live railroad tracks.

947 W 16th St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA

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10 North Avenue Bridge

At the turn of the last century, Chicago made a name for itself with its innovative trunnion bascule drawbridges, building so many that they became known as "Chicago" bridges. McHugh continued to help the city make a name for itself in bridge design, with a unique hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge over the Chicago River at North Avenue.

One of the first such designs in the country, the 420-foot-span features three separate segments-east and west approach spans supported by cable stays, and a middle span over the river, then erected using a special truss built just for the task. Seventy-foot-tall pylons support the combined forces of the suspension and cable stay systems.

With closing North Avenue out of the question, McHugh erected a temporary span, placing it in just one day, before removing the 1907 bascule bridge whose two lanes could no longer handle the crush of modern traffic.



  • Outstanding Structural Contractor of the Year, Chicago Department of Transportation
  • Top Ten Bridges (#2), Roads & Bridges
  • Engineering Excellence Award, American Council of Engineering Companies
  • Merit Award, Institutional, Association of Licensed Architects
  • Transportation Project of the Year, American Public Works Association Chicago Metro Chapter

1200 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60642, USA

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11 Fox River Bridge

A key part of the Illinois Tollway’s Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) Rebuild and Widen project, the Fox River Bridge presented challenges ranging from relocating and reconstructing local roads and working around active railroad track to dealing with three major flood events and a unusual design. The bridge, completed in two phases, is over 1,300 feet long and features a 10-span arch construction. A total of 40 arches, each weighing 92 tons, were cast off site at a temporary yard and then trucked five miles on 13-axle trucks to be put in place. Since arch bridges are unstable until the spans meet, McHugh monitored and measured each arch continuously during installation to ensure the bridge's integrity.

During construction, McHugh had to contend with weather challenges that included fighting a 500-year flood event with currents strong enough to wash away multi-ton crane mats, and two, 100-year floods which also caused dangerous currents. Despite these conditions, McHugh still completed the bridge six months ahead of schedule and within budget.


  • Engineering Excellence Award, American Council of Engineering Companies
  • Top 10 Bridges 2008 (#5), Roads & Bridges
  • Bridge Contractor of the Year 2008 – McHugh, Illinois State Toll Highway Authority

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12 CTA Illinois Medical District Stations Reconstruction

Work includes the new construction of the Illinois Medical District (IMD) station on the CTA's Blue Line; the most comprehensive overhaul since it opened in 1958. The station, located on the Ogden Avenue overpass of I-290, is one of the busiest on the route and provides connections to four major hospital systems, Malcolm X College, and the United Center.

The station house is being completely rebuilt and will feature new lighting, new state-of-the-art security cameras, bus and train tracker displays, enhanced platform canopies, and the addition of an elevator that will make the station accessible to travelers with disabilities. 

The entrances at both Damen Avenue and Paulina Avenue will get new flooring, wall and ceiling finishes, fare payment equipment and customer service kiosks.

The project is being performed as part of a joint venture with UJAMAA Construction, a certified MBE firm.

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