The western regional award for ahead-of-schedule completion, granted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, recognizes the project as the best medium-scale project in Western states for early completion of quality, innovative road improvements that save both taxpayer time and money. Involvement with the surrounding community was also recognized.
The approximately $31 million project, completed by Granite Construction in conjunction with Diversified Consulting Services, widened northbound U.S. 395 in many areas between Moana Lane and Interstate 80. The I-80 westbound exit ramp was relocated, separating the westbound and eastbound exit ramps for safer and less concentrated merging. Bridges, ramps, landscaping, signage and other transportation systems also were improved to relieve congestion and enhance traffic flow.
The project also utilized innovative construction techniques that were recognized by the award, such as using recycled asphalt and concrete to save approximately $188,000 and construction scheduling changes allowing crews to work on multiple construction phases concurrently.
The project area is used by as many as 140,000 vehicles a day.
“The project was exemplary in so many ways,” NDOT Director Susan Martinovich said. “Partnering with our contractors, implementing quality and time-saving construction, and receiving support from the public made this project a huge success.”
If the NDOT project is ranked one of the top 10 America’s Transportation Award winners across the nation, it will be in the running for the America’s Transportation Award Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award this fall.