Two Northwest Transportation Projects Win APWA Awards

Two projects in which GeoEngineers played a part have been recognized with national and regional American Public Works Association (APWA) awards.

The City of Redmond NE 36th Street/ SR 520 Bridge Overpass and Roundabout Project won the National APWA Project of the Year Award for transportation projects in the $25- to $75-million category. The City of Tukwila Urban Center Access (Klickitat) Project won the Regional Award for transportation projects in the $5- to $25-million category.

The Washington Chapter of APWA announced the winning projects at its Public Works Week luncheon, held in Bellevue, Washington on May 22. The national awards will be presented at the International APWA Congress in Anaheim, California later this summer.

GeoEngineers provided geotechnical engineering to BergerABAM for the NE 36th Street/SR 520 Bridge Overpass and Roundabout in Redmond, Washington, which provides a needed additional crossing over SR 520 in the Overlake area for transit and vehicles, as well as bicycles and pedestrians. Our team’s geotechnical work included field studies, design engineering analysis, reporting and design recommendations. We also provided construction observation services during the installation of deep drilled shaft foundations for the bridge abutments.

GeoEngineers provided HNTB with geotechnical engineering design services for the Tukwila Urban Center Access road improvement project in the Southcenter area of Tukwila, Washington, a major shopping and transportation hub south of Seattle. Our geotechnical team completed an extensive subsurface exploration program and provided geotechnical design recommendations for new embankments, retaining structures and pavements. The project included a new undercrossing, a lowered roadway segment and improvements to three intersections, which work together to improve access, traffic mobility and safety in the area and improve access to and from Interstate 5.

Tom Tobin, PE, GeoEngineers’ principal geotechnical engineer in charge for both projects, commented, “We’re very pleased to have teamed with our friends at BergerABAM and HNTB on these winning projects. The awards are well-deserved. To me, they are one more indicator that GeoEngineers’ collaborative partnership approach contributes to highly successful projects.”

Photo courtesy of BergerABAM.

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