Highway improvements overcome environmental hurdles
Environmental challenges arose during our design improvements to a Wisconsin highway being reconstructed through a community and requiring bridge replacements over two creeks. The project area included numerous aging hazardous material sites, three properties eligible for the National Register, a significant archaeological site, and state-threatened species. We successfully navigated several environmental processes to deal with these constraints. We collaborated with resource agencies to develop mitigation for 4(f) and 6(f) impacts to public lands surrounding Black Earth Creek, a Class I trout stream. Four residential and three commercial properties were relocated to accommodate the expansion efforts.
We performed a full complement of services that ranged from survey, alternatives analysis, environmental documentation, noise analysis, wetland delineation, preliminary and final design through to traffic analysis, transportation project plats and construction staging.
American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin
Engineering Excellence Best of State
Wisconsin Highway 14
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Dane County, WI
This project design demonstrated many aspects necessary to be considered an award-winning project. Stakeholder coordination, environmental concerns and innovations were all strongly considered and successfully implemented into the project.
Matt Grove, P.E., ACEC WI Award Judge
Director of Construction, Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association