Minn. —Innovation and commitment to the safety of highway workers
earned Work Zone Safety Awards for contractors and Minnesota Department
of Transportation construction staff in the Metro, Bemidji, Brainerd
and Willmar districts. The awards were presented Dec. 2 during
the annual conference held by the Minnesota Association of Asphalt
This year's meeting was the 50th sponsored by the association.
Mn/DOT's Metro District will receive another work zone safety
honor in March during the annual Concrete Paving Association's
Bill Servatius, Mn/DOT's Office of Construction, said the awards
reflect the mutual efforts and innovations made by the department
and its contractors to ensure the safety of motorists and construction
Innovations cited ranged from using water-filled crash cushions
to improve motorists' visibility at intersections to creating
detours that helped businesses while reducing traffic flow problems
on the mainline construction area.
The Metro District received its award in the dynamic, high-volume
traffic category for avoiding worker injuries and major crashes
while doing extensive work on the Crosstown Highway (Hwy 62) between
Hwy 100 and I-35W in Minneapolis. The project involved rebuilding
the median, painting bridges and asphalt resurfacing.
Prime contractor for the project was Valley Paving; traffic control
contractor was United Rentals.
Mn/DOT's Mark Panek served as resident engineer. Tom Villar was
project supervisor; chief inspector was Jon Erickson.
Mn/DOT District 2 staff earned honors the dynamic, low-volume
category for their efforts during resurfacing Hwy 2 in Cass and
Itasca counties. They were cited for using two pilot cars to manage
traffic and excellent communications between construction staff
and the contractor. The award notes the contractor initiated use
of a changeable message sign at the firm's expense and daily safety
Hawkinson Construction served as the prime contractor. Todd Vonasek
served as project engineer; Jeff Long was the chief inspector.
Excellent communication by staff with businesses along Hwy 210
commercial strip in Baxter and Brainerd helped Mn/DOT District
3 win honors in the static, high-volume category. District staff
set up detours that provided access to local businesses and helped
traffic movement on the mainline highway, effected quick solutions
to problems that developed and maintained good coordination with
local agencies on detours, signal activation and the use of haul
Anderson Brothers served as prime contractor; Geyer Signal provided
traffic control services.
Resident engineer is Kevin Kosobud. Jamie Hukreide served as project
engineer while Joseph Cameron served as chief inspector. Dave
Buss was the project's work zone safety coordinator.
concrete barriers to protect workers and motorists and water-filled
barrier ends that improved drivers' vision at intersections helped
District 8 staff earn an award for the reconstruction of Hwy 23
between Willmar an Spicer in the static, low-volume category.
The award also cites good coordination with the State Patrol and
other law enforcement officials and excellent communication with
area businesses and government agencies.
Duininck Brothers Construction served as the project's prime contractor.
Barry Anderson is the resident engineer. Paul Jurek served as
project engineer and Jim Christensen served as project supervisor.
Darrell Terlisner was the chief inspector.
The Metro District will receive an award in the static, high-volume
category for its work on an I-94 bridge painting project in St.
Paul. The award cites a traffic control plan that minimized delays
on the busy freeway, round-the-clock work to complete job as quickly
as possible and effectively making changes in the field as problems
Rainbow, Inc. served as prime contractor; Safety Signs provided
traffic control services. Steve Kordosky was the resident engineer.
Chris Beckwith served as project engineers while Mark Taylor and
Jay Urban served as chief inspectors.
"While worthy in themselves, these awards represent Mn/DOT's
and the contractors' ability to share their experience, knowledge
and resourcefulness in order to make constructions zones as safe
as possible," Servatius said.
about work zone safety is available from Mn/DOT's Web site located