There was only one place for a new road from W. Drexel Avenue to reach the site of global retailer IKEA in Oak Creek, Wis.
IKEA Way threads 2,700 feet of new two-lane and four-lane concrete roadway through and past environmentally valuable wetlands and wooded areas as part of this multi-phase project. Permitting involved extensive alternatives analysis and coordination with WDNR and USACE. Uniquely, the project was interrupted to take express care with transplanting eggs for a species of salamander. Special fencing was constructed to keep the salamanders safely off the road in a wooded area.
Additional services included utility design (storm sewer, water main and sanitary sewer), land surveying, signal design for W. Drexel Avenue, street lighting and median landscaping. Construction inspection services featured raSmith’s electronic daily reports designed to enhance key progress communication.