DTSD Excellence in Design Awards 2018

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Best rural design by WisDOT

Best rural design by WisDOTUS 51 in Oneida County, designed by the North Central region.

This project reconstructed a functionally outdated corridor through Wisconsin’s Northwoods, to a modern and more efficient roadway that blends well with its surroundings. It features a new bridge over the Rocky Run Creek. The design was an early adopter of Civil 3D.






Best rural design by a consultant

Best rural design by a consultantI-39 Northbound in Dane County, designed by Dane Partners for Southwest region.

This project expanded 8 ½ miles of I-39 in the northbound direction, and modified two interchanges where crash rates were high. This was a successful pilot for stringless paving.




Best urban design by a consultant

Best urban design by a consultantWIS 22 in Clintonville, Waupaca County, designed by CBS-Squared for North Central region.

This project is an example of balancing the need for a new wider urban roadway with full multi-modal facilities, while minimizing impacts to many sensitive resources. The intersection with WIS 156 was realigned from a 60-foot offset, to a single 4-way stop-controlled intersection, to improve safety and level of service.



Best structure design by WisDOT

Best structure design by WisDOTHigh Point Road over US 12, Dane County, designed by the Bureau of Structures and Southwest region.

This cost-effective design improved mobility and safety. It raised the vertical clearance over US 12, and is also designed to accommodate future beltline widening. The bridge span maximized girder size, and an adjacent path was included in the span to avoid needing a separate bridge.

Best structure design by a consultant

Best structure design by a consultantPedestrian underpass at County P in Auburndale, Wood County, designed by Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) for North Central region.

This project addressed several safety concerns related to a busy rail corridor, which separated a neighborhood from the town center. Combined with a roadway project, it changed accesses and added a new underpass. The project required careful structure design and extensive coordination with the railroad.



Best local program design

Best local program designCounty VV in the City of Fond du Lac, designed by Gremmer for the Northeast region.

This $5.5-million project replaced a signalized intersection with a roundabout to address crashes and long-term traffic; all the adjacent buildings were avoided. One notable neighbor was Mercury Marine, whose access was modified to improve traffic flow and reduce crashes. Storm sewer systems were right-sized using dynamic modeling, and a constructability review helped the project see a large field of competitive bidders.

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

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