WisDOT announces excellence in construction awards

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CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (RELEASE FROM WisDOT)-- The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announced its annual Construction Awards during the 2014 Contractor-Engineer Conference held in Madison January 21. Award winners for 2013 include a grading project in Rock County, asphalt paving project in Dane County, concrete paving project in Outagamie County, small bridge construction project in Chippewa County, and a large bridge project in the city of Madison. Special Recognition Awards acknowledged work on the Rawson Avenue Interchange in Milwaukee County, and a grading/wetland mitigation project in Brown County.

“We are truly fortunate to have so many private-sector partners who do outstanding work to keep people and commerce moving safely across Wisconsin,” said Beth Cannestra, director of WisDOT’s Bureau of Project Development. “It’s always difficult to choose award winners because our contractors do great work, but after careful consideration, we feel these projects are among the best of the best.”

The Excellence in Grading Award went to H. James and Sons of Fennimore for work on the WIS 26 Milton Bypass Project in Rock County. The $25.5 million project included construction of a four-lane divided median roadway to freeway standards. The two-year project involved about 1.6 million cubic yards of excavation and borrow, over 450,000 tons of aggregates, 192,000 square yards of pavement and eight bridge structures.

The Excellence in Asphalt Paving Award went to Payne and Dolan, Inc. of Waukesha for work on a five-mile section of I-39 in Dane County. The $7.4 million project resurfaced one of the state’s busiest interstate corridors and included ramp extensions at the US 51 Interchange, guardrail, signing and pavement marking upgrades, installation of ramp gates and a dynamic message sign. Work requiring lane closures occurred during evening, non-peak travel periods to minimize impacts on the travelling public.

The Excellence in Concrete Paving Award went to Vinton Construction Company of Manitowoc for its work on a 1.5-mile segment of Main Street in the village of Little Chute in Outagamie County. The $3.7 million urban reconstruction project involved complete reconstruction of the roadway, replacement of the entire storm sewer system, and careful coordination with residential and business property owners. The work required closure of the roadway, however access was maintained throughout the project for residents, businesses and pedestrians.

The Excellence in Small Structures Award went to Ruzic Construction of Neillsville and Mattison Contractors of Knapp, WI for their work on the Hay Creek Bridge along WIS 40 in Elk Mound. The $380,000 project represents construction of the first Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil (GRS) integrated bridge system in Wisconsin. Instead of traditional concrete abutments supported on piling, GRS walls were used – a new construction technique that allowed for a quick, aesthetically-pleasing result.

The Excellence in Large Structures Award went to Edward Kraemer and Sons, Inc. for work on the Fish Hatchery Road Interchange with US 12 (Madison Beltline). The $3.3 million project involved widening the interchange to eight lanes, and raising it to provide adequate clearance for Beltline traffic. Demolition of the old superstructure and construction of the new interchange was carefully staged to maintain four lanes of traffic on Fish Hatchery Road at all times. The Plain, WI construction firm also received a Special Recognition Award for the first-ever use of self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT) in Wisconsin. Part of the Rawson Avenue Bridge project in Milwaukee County, the SPMT’s successfully moved two pre-constructed bridge decks each weighing three-million pounds into place within 12 hours.

Another Special Recognition Award went to Hoffman Construction Company of Black River Falls for grading work associated with the US 41/WIS 29 Interchange in Brown County. Along with moving some 1.4 million cubic yards of material, the project involved relocation of one-mile of Beaver Dam Creek and construction of a 110-acre wetland mitigation site that will be overseen by the state Department of Natural Resources and used as a spawning habitat for northern pike.

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