Two WisDOT projects win America’s Transportation Awards

​Work on Milwaukee’s Zoo Interchange and Eau Claire’s Half Moon Lake Bridge recognized for innovation and enhancing quality of life

Release date: August 20, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) won two America’s Transportation Awards, an initiative sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 
“Transportation projects are about building and enhancing important connections to strengthen communities,” said WisDOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson. “These awards help underscore the skill and dedication that WisDOT staff put into projects to improve Wisconsin’s transportation infrastructure.”

The Zoo Interchange Project (Milwaukee) was recognized for “Best Use of Technology and Innovation – Large Category.” The project team was credited for using 3D technology and modeling to help create solutions to alleviate merging and weaving traffic. This led to smoother traffic flow, and the 3D modeling helped to limit construction impacts while improving safety and efficiency. Additionally, the project staff were credited for their public outreach efforts on the construction itself.

The Half Moon Lake Bridge Project (Eau Claire) was recognized for “Quality of Life/Community Development – Small Category.” The project team was credited for making substantial improvements to the bridge leading traffic to Carson Park. The former bridge had become structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. Narrow lanes increasingly created safety concerns for the variety of traffic – joggers, cyclists, motorists – using the park. A wider bridge also includes improved lighting, navigational clearance for kayaks and canoes using the waterway below and extended recreational areas to further distance pedestrians from vehicular traffic.

The awards came as part of the Midwestern states regional competition for the 12th annual America’s Transportation Awards. WisDOT was one of six state departments honored in the competition.

For more information, contact:

WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-3581,