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October 08 www. bus- ex. com 49 distribute it to the right source— such as the design team or executives at the DOT itself. The data comes back to the administrator, who then posts it to the site, which is in addition to the main project Website where timelines, updates and other information is kept. " Everybody who is involved has the ability to get questions and answers from a single place. And it's all electronic, which means we avoid dealing with a lot of paper," says Judnic. " The contractor probably has 30 or 40 people of its own out there in the fi eld, so that's 100 people who might need to interact with each other and with the rest of the team. Having a central processing point for that has been very helpful." In addition to the reconstruction of I- 75 and the construction of new ramps to directly connect the interstate to the Ambassador Bridge, the project also includes a new pedestrian bridge that will reconnect the east and west sections of a Detroit neighborhood known as Mexicantown, which was essentially bifurcated by the construction of the highway. That bridge will also become a focal point as drivers enter Detroit from the north. The cable- stay pedestrian bridge— the fi rst of its type in the state— will use a single tall pylon in the center alongside the highway. Already, longer- term planning is under way to look at the possible construction of another bridge crossing into Canada, one that would likely be publicly controlled. That is more of a long-range problem, with the more immediate focus remaining on completing the current construction and getting I- 75 fully opened on schedule. " We have our challenges and things that come up," Judnic says, " but the bottom line is to deliver the project on time and on budget, and we know we'll get there." Michigan DOT: Gateway Project BBF Engineering Services, PC is a provider of civil, construction and transportation engineering consulting services. Founded in 1994, BBF has had the privilege of providing construction engineering, inspection, project administration and related services to the Michigan Department of Transportation since 1998. We remain committed to our clients by providing the " experience and integrity to complete your project right." BBF Engineering Services Baker provides professional engineering and consulting expertise for clients worldwide. Services span the complete lifecycle of infrastructure and managed asset projects, including planning, design, construction services, asset management, and asset renewal. Baker creates value by delivering sustainable solutions for the environment. Baker is proud to be providing specialized cable- stay bridge construction support services for the I- 75 Reconstruction, Ambassador Gateway project. Michael Baker Corp

50 www. bus- ex. com October 08 Highwaytoheaven The highway renewal program being undertaken by the Illinois Tollway promises increased capacity and a better driving experience for the Midwest, Ruari McCallion learns from Paul Kovacs