First Place: Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and NorthGate Constructors
"DFW Connector Public Information Team"
The $1 billion, 8.4-mile design-build Dallas-Fort Worth Connector doubles the size of the current highway around the airport's north portal. Working with TxDOT, NorthGate Constructors, a joint venture of San Antonio-based Zachry Construction Corporation and Fort Worth-headquartered Kiewit Texas Construction, L.P., executed a collaborative outreach program to keep airport users and the community informed about the project's progress. It included more than 100 public presentations, monthly meetings with the business community through the local chamber of commerce, regular briefings by airport officials and airline staff, and open houses attended by more than 600 people.
Second Place: Idaho Transportation Department (IDOT), Connecting Idaho Partners, RBCI/The Langdon Group
"I-84 East Community Relations Program"
ITD and Connecting Idaho Partners, a joint venture of URS Corporation, CH2M HILL, RBCI, Inc., and The Langdon Group, employed an innovative program that earned community support during construction of the I-84 East Corridor, a route near Boise's Air Terminal serving some 75,000 users each day. It included an interactive website with a section that encouraged public inquiries and feedback, news releases, brochures and newsletters, and kiosk at the city's airport. The team also engaged neighborhood associations to get their ideas about the installation of sound walls near their homes.
Third Place (Tie): New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and Gannett Fleming, Inc.
"New Jersey Route 18 Reconstruction" Route 18 in New Brunswick is one of the state's most congested with some 85,000 daily users. NJDOT and partner Gannett Fleming, Inc., created a "Community Partnering Team (CPT)" to build consensus on the long-planned, $215 million project's design and construction elements. The team hosted public meetings, held news conferences, created a website with web cams, blasted regular email communications and used a List Serve. The CPT eventually grew to include 200 stakeholders—all working with a shared goal. The end result: improved traffic flow along a two-mile corridor, and a project that was completed on time, on budget and with broad public support.
Third Place (Tie): Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and FIGG
"4th Street Bridge," Pueblo
A focus on community involvement and complex site constraints led to development of a unique, new signature bridge for Pueblo, Colo. CDOT and FIGG worked together to develop and implement a public involvement plan to harness stakeholders' vision and ensure a context-sensitive solution. Team members hosted multiple design and construction workshops, developed a website, issued news releases, and later incorporated pier medallions, monuments and pedestrian treatments reflective of the community's art. The bridge was selected one of the "top 10" by "Roads & Bridges" magazine, and has been locally embraced as a new landmark structure and centerpiece for Pueblo.
Public-Media Relations/Education: Public Sector
First Place: Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and CH2M HILL
"Elgin O'Hare-West Bypass Project"