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Design and construction, Selections and awards - Highway design awards

Every year, some of the best design projects are nominated for the WisDOT Excellence in Highway Design Awards.


To be considered for an award, watch for the call for nominations in Nov., which typically is announced via email from WisDOT Project Development.

2013 awards

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Best rural design by WisDOT - US 10

Best Rural Design by WisDOT

  • US 10 in Wood County, designed by the NC region
  • Jeff Stewart was the WisDOT Project Manager, with Nick Vos the Project Leader
  • The 3.8-mile project established new four-lane expressway, and was one of the first WisDOT projects designed and bid using Civil 3D

Best rural design by consultant - US 41-45 Interchange

Best Rural Design by Consultant

  • US 41-45 in Winnebago County, designed by CH2MHill for the NE region
  • Tom Buchholz was the WisDOT project manager
  • This complex interchange is part of a 17-mile segment being expanded from 4 to 6 lanes. The project included mainline construction plus six ramps

Best urban design by WisDOT: East Washington Avenue

Best Urban Design by WisDOT

  • East Washington Avenue in the City of Madison, Dane County, designed by the SW region
  • Jan Bennett was the WisDOT Project Manager, with Amy Coughlin and Travis Feltes the design leaders
  • This urban project reconstructed the six-lane arterial connecting downtown to the city’s east side, adding sidewalk, bike lanes, and bus facilities – all while maintaining traffic during all phases

Best urban design by consultant - University Avenue

Best Urban Design by Consultant

  • University Avenue in the City of Madison, Dane County, designed by KL Engineering for the SW Region Local Program
  • Mark Sponem and Brenda Schoenfeld were the WisDOT Local Program project managers
  • This project reconstructed a deteriorated 4-lane undivided road into a multi-modal corridor serving as a western gateway into Madison

Best structure design by WisDOT - Hay Creek Bridge

Best Structure Design by WisDOT

  • Hay Creek Bridge in Chippewa County, designed by the WisDOT Bureau of Structures and the NW region
  • Chad Hines was the Project Manager, with structural design by Bill Oliva and Brandan Burger, and geotechnical design by Bob Arndorfer and Jeff Horsfall
  • This project is the first Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Integrated Bridge System in the State of Wisconsin

Best structure design by consultant - Ken Hendricks Memorial Bridge

Best Structure Design by Consultant

  • Ken Hendricks Memorial Bridge in the City of Beloit, designed by GRAEF for the SW region
  • David Layton was the WisDOT Project Manager
  • The bridge was widened to accommodated four lanes of traffic, a sidewalk, and a shared-use path, by retrofitting new pier columns on the existing substructure. It also features programmable underdeck LED lighting

Special recognition - Mitchell Interchange

Special recognition

  • Mitchell Interchange in the City of Milwaukee, designed by MTP
  • Bill Mohr was the WisDOT supervisor
  • The MTP joint-venture created plans for a $350 million state-of-the-art interchange reconstruction that included 29 new bridges, three tunnels, 52 retaining walls, 16 noise barriers and 83 sign structures

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