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WisDOT names excellence in construction awards

A grading project in Winnebago County, an asphalt paving project in Marathon County, a concrete project in Dane County, a small bridge construction project in Fond du Lac County and a large bridge project in Buffalo County were recognized Thursday as winners of the annual Wisconsin Department of Transportation Construction Awards.

A special recognition award for work on two recently renovated rest areas along I-39/90/94 near Portage was also announced during the 2011 Contractor-Engineer Conference on Wednesday in Madison.

The Excellence in Grading Award went to Hoffman Construction Co., Black River Falls, for work on the U.S. 41 project in Winnebago County. The $15.3 million, 1.1-mile project was completed on time and ahead of budget, according to a news release from WisDOT.

The Excellence in Asphalt Paving Award went to American Asphalt of Wisconsin Inc., Wausau, for work on WIS 29 in Marathon County. The $6 million, 3.5-mile project included pulverizing existing pavement and replacing it with three layers of 58,000 tons of asphalt pavement, all while keeping the highway open to traffic.

The Excellence in Concrete Paving Award was given to Trierweiler Construction Inc. and Supply Co. Inc., Marshfield, for its work on Monona Drive in Dane County. The $8.6 million project is a four-lane roadway that carries 32,000 vehicles per day and serves as the “gateway” to the city of Monona.

The Excellence in Small Structures Award was presented to Pheifer Brothers Construction Co. Inc., Neenah, for its work on the Grove Street bridge and approaches in Fond du Lac. The $670,000 project included aesthetic features to the bridge’s parapet and wing walls that were hand-stained to resemble limestone aggregate found in the area.

The Excellence in Large Structures Award went to Lunda Construction Co., Black River Falls, for work on the WIS 25 bridge connecting Nelson, Wis., and Wabasha, Minn. The $12.5 million project replaced three WIS 25 bridges located in the Nelson-Trevino Bottoms State Natural Area.

Michels Paving, a division of Michels Corp., Brownsville, received a special recognition award for a $22 million project for improvements to two rest areas along I-39/90/94 near Portage. The multi-year project involved coordinating 21 subcontractors and more than 1,000 workers, while keeping the facilities open for use by the traveling public. The buildings were constructed by Scherrer Construction Co. Inc., Burlington.

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