CHICAGO, IL -- The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has awarded a contract to Parsons Brinckerhoff to provide preliminary and final design services for the rehabilitation of the Webster Street Bridge in Chicago.

Built in 1916 and spanning the north branch of the Chicago River, the Webster Street Bridge is a double-leaf, trunnion type bascule bridge, 287 feet long with a deck width of 60 feet. The superstructure is in poor overall condition, necessitating rehabilitation.

The Parsons Brinckerhoff team will provide engineering services to perform the work associated with the preparation and approval of all preliminary engineering documents required by the Federal Highway Administration and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Upon completion of preliminary engineering, Parsons Brinckerhoff will perform phase-two design engineering, preparing all construction contract documents, including the final plans, specifications and estimates, as well as review of construction shop drawings.

The firm will also be responsible for community outreach and coordination with adjacent property owners, as well as coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Construction on the rehabilitation will commence in late 2015, with completion slated for 2016.

Parsons Brinckerhoff is a leader in developing and operating infrastructure around the world, with 14,000 employees dedicated to meeting the needs of clients and communities in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia-Pacific regions. The firm offers skills and resources in strategic consulting, planning, engineering, program/construction management, and operations for transportation, power, mining, water/wastewater, and community development projects. Parsons Brinckerhoff is part of Balfour Beatty, an international infrastructure services business operating in professional services, construction services, support services and infrastructure investments.