DTSD Excellence in Design Awards 2017

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Best rural design by WisDOT

WIS 35, Poplar St. to US 53 in La Crosse County, designed by the Southwest region.

This portion of the “Great River Road” was reconstructed to address pavement deterioration and improve operations. The project aims to better manage movement, and enhance safety with features that reduce the probability of collisions between all modes of transport.







Best rural design by a consultant

WIS 54 and County U intersection in Portage County, designed by Becher-Hoppe for the North Central region.

Improved safety and stress-free driving are exemplified by this intersection, accomplished by reducing angle crashes and weaving. This J-turn is the first of its kind to include user-friendly auxiliary lanes, allowing drivers to turn directly into the lane needed and avoid stressful acceleration and high speed weaving.




Best urban design by WisDOT

WIS 42, County Walk Drive to Scandia Road in Door County, designed by the Northeast Region.

This was a challenging urban project in a high tourism community, with businesses tight to the highway right-of-way. The design intends to create a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly environment for the destination community of Door County, Wisconsin.




Best urban design by a consultant

US 18, Raymond Road to Seminole Highway Road, Stage 1 – Verona Road in Dane County, designed by the Strand team for the Southwest region.

The US 18/151 (Verona Road) corridor is an essential backbone route in the Madison Metropolitan area that carries more than $13 billion of freight annually. The reconstruction project improves mobility and expands nonmotorized travel accommodations through a unique Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI) design.



Best structure design by WisDOT

WIS 96, Fox River Bridge and approaches in the Village of Wrightstown, Brown County, designed by the Northeast region.

The new bridge provides an aesthetic appeal and vital accommodations for this family-friendly farming community by accommodating pedestrians, farm machinery, and the only snowmobile trail crossing of the Fox River between Lake Winnebago and Green Bay



Best structure design by a consultant

US 2, Bong Bridge and approaches in Douglas County, designed by Ayres for the Northwest region.

Ayres Associates used creative engineering and well-planned construction staging to successfully rehabilitate the Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge – a prominent structure linking Superior, Wisconsin, and Duluth, Minnesota, over the St. Louis River and Harbor. The project improved the  dependability and appearance of the structure and improved traffic flow.






Best local program design

County KW bridge over Pratt Creek in Dodge County, designed by OMNNI for the Southwest region local program.

The County KW bridge over Pratt Creek was replaced using geosynthetic reinforced soil-integrated bridge system (GRS-IBS) abutments and WisDOT new generation precast concrete box beams. The bridge is only the 2nd of its kind in Wisconsin. The project was funded, in part, through a grant from FHWA’s Accelerated Innovative Deployment (AID) program as a demonstration project and presented an opportunity for the engineering community to learn about new and innovative ways to build bridges.


Honorable mention

Milwaukee Intermodal Station passenger concourse in the City of Milwaukee, designed by Benesch and GRAEF for the Bureau of Rails and Harbors.

For many years, the existing Milwaukee Intermodal Station Passenger Train Concourse operated in a state of disrepair and was not in compliance with modern ADA standards, requiring a high volume of passengers to pass through a poorly lit, deteriorating structure. On June 22, 2016, that all changed when the fully renovated, $22-million facility debuted as a drastically improved, state-of-the-art multimodal transportation gateway to the City of Milwaukee.

To be considered for an award, watch for the call for nominations at the end of the year.

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