ARTBA Honors I-80 Meander Reservoir Project
June 16, 2011
Paul Coblentz (far left), Gannett Fleming
project manager and John Derr (far right),
Gannett Fleming vice president and National
Practice manager, accept the firm's award
from ARTBA, along with Bill Cox (middle left),
chairman of the Transportation Development
Foundation, and George Palko, president
CEO of Great Lakes Construction.
(Mahoning County, Ohio) The Interstate 80 (I-80) Widening and Bridge Replacement project at Meander Reservoir in Mahoning County, Ohio, has been recognized for its contributions to environmental protection and mitigation with the Transportation Development Foundation’s 2011 Globe Award. The foundation is part of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).
The Meander Reservoir project received first place in the Highways category for projects costing less than $100 million. The awards were presented on May 24, 2011, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the 2011 ARTBA Federal Issues Conference.
Gannett Fleming served as the engineer of record for this $95.3 million project that transformed 4.5 miles of I-80 from a four-lane to a six-lane highway, replaced the reservoir’s twin bridges, and installed a first-of-its-kind spill containment system for ODOT that protects the drinking water for 220,000 people.
This new spill containment system is a model of how to prevent contamination of fresh water areas and wetlands from hazardous liquids that spill onto bridges during accidents. Despite its relatively simple design, it provides solutions to watershed protection problems faced by transportation officials around the world whenever a proposed roadway bridge crosses a high-quality waterway.
In addition, Gannett Fleming was responsible for the design of emergency access, a new 12.5-acre wetland habitat that was used to mitigate environmental impacts caused by the project, wetland permitting, mine remediation, and maintenance of traffic. Joint Venture–Anthony Allega Cement Contractor and Great Lakes Construction Company served as the general contractor on this project.
ARTBA is the oldest and most respected national transportation construction-related association. Its Transportation Development Foundation supports a variety of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards programs, professional development courses, safety training, a national exhibition on transportation, and a facility dedicated to improving safety in roadway construction zones.
The Globe Awards is an annual competition to honor and draw attention to private-sector firms and public-sector transportation agencies that do an outstanding job in protecting and/or enhancing the natural environment in the planning, design, and construction of U.S. transportation infrastructure projects, in addition to transportation construction-related product manufacturers and material suppliers that utilize exemplary environmental processes to protect and enhance the natural environment. Recipients of the Globe Awards are selected by an independent judging panel of industry specialists.
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