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December 5, 2003

Contractors, Mn/DOT staff earn awards for work zone safety efforts


ST. PAUL, 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 Paving Technologists.

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 conference.

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 workers.

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 inspections.

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 roads.

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.

Using portable 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 arose.

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.

Information about work zone safety is available from Mn/DOT's Web site located at




Jeanne Aamodt
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