HDR’s Robert Victor, right, accepts the Globe Award for First Place winner Herbert C. Bonner Bridge Replacement from ARTBA Foundation Chairman Paul Yarossi of HNTB. (Luiza Carson photo)

By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA

ARTBA’s Transportation Development Foundation has recognized highway, bridge, and local road projects from Indiana, Utah, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Washington state for their contributions to environmental protection and mitigation. The Foundation’s “Globe Awards” were announced May 14 at the association’s Federal Issues Program luncheon.

The awards are for 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; and transportation construction-related product manufacturers and material suppliers that utilize exemplary environmental processes to protect and enhance the natural environment.

An independent panel of industry professionals reviewed the nominations and selected the winners in two categories. The 2019 winners are:

$10 -100 million projects:

First Place Tie

  • South Bend Smart Streets; American Structurepoint & Lawson-Fisher Associates; The Smart Streets Initiative in downtown South Bend, Ind., provides “safer, more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly streets, while enhancing the local community as a catalyst for economic growth.”
  • I-80 Wildlife Crossing through Parley’s Summit; Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Co., LLC, WSP USA & Utah Department of Transportation Region 2; Utah’s first overpass built specifically for wildlife crosses the I-80 corridor through Parley’s Canyon, a location with more than 40 collisions between vehicles and moose in the last 10 years.

Second Place

  • Beechwood Boulevard (Greenfield) Bridge Replacement; HDR; The Beechwood Boulevard Bridge replacement project linking Greenfield and Schenley Park in Pittsburgh not only serves transportation needs, but also is an entrance to one of the city’s largest and most historic parks.

$100 Million or greater projects:

First place

  • Herbert C. Bonner Bridge Replacement; HDR & PCL Civil Constructors; The new bridge is designed to provide a 100-year service life, minimize environmental impacts, and provide a reliable, safe passageway for residents, and the nearly 2 million tourists that cross the bridge annually.

Second place

  • Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program; State Route 99; HNTB Corporation & Washington Department of Transportation; The 2-mile State Route 99 tunnel underneath downtown Seattle is the largest soft-ground bored tunnel in the U.S, with a 57.5-foot excavated tunnel diameter and 200 feet at its deepest point.