Yorktown Center is a regional shopping center with over 1.4 million square feet of leasable space. It is located in the northeast quadrant of the Highland Avenue and Butterfield Road (IL 56) interchange in Lombard, Illinois. The development’s ownership began a multi-year infrastructure program to improve the customer retail experience.
Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) managed the pavement resurfacing and rehabilitation of approximately 50-acres of existing pavement, including the main ring road and 5,500 parking spaces. The project required milling, resurfacing, full depth removal and replacement, as well as the design of drainage improvements to mitigate existing parking lot flooding issues, and applications of sealcoat and crack-fill.
To complement the renovation, engineers from EEA also assisted the project team with the design of a new building entrance, drop-off area marked by colored concrete, sidewalks, accessible parking, electric vehicle charging stations, and pedestrian crossings.
EEA’s Director of Traffic Engineering redesigned the major access to the mall from a regional arterial, Butterfield Road (IL 56), for improved connectivity increased safety, and better traffic flow. The prior layout of the Butterfield Road entrance created a number of issues impacting traffic congestion, safety, internal circulation, and parking access that created confusion for shoppers. EEA conducted traffic counts during peak holiday hours, analyzed existing travel patterns, reviewed crash reports, and projected traffic volumes with the proposed improvements.
EEA developed several alternatives to address the entrance issues and performed testing with state of the art traffic simulation software. All of EEA’s designs were coordinated with Village of Lombard staff and local elected officials.