Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association

WisDOT Construction Awards

Each year, staff from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s five regions nominates projects from their area that they believe represent the “Best of the Best” in construction.


These nominations are then judged by a diverse WisDOT evaluation team that considers such issues as project scheduling, complexity, innovation, teamwork, safety, traffic control and the project’s finished appearance.  The WisDOT Construction Awards are presented in January of each year to honor the design, project management and construction teams.

2010 Excellence in Grading 

USH 41, Winnebago County


Contractor:  Hoffman Construction Company


The $15.3 million, 1.1-mile project was completed on time and ahead of budget, and required a proactive approach to erosion control featuring extra heavy rip-rap to protect Lake Butte des Morts.

2010 Excellence in Asphalt Paving 

STH 29, Marathon County


Contractor:  American Asphalt of WI

The $6 million, 3.5-mile project included pulverizing existing pavement and replacing it with three layers of 58,000 tons of warranted asphalt pavement, all while keeping the highway open to traffic.  The contractor used a specialized transfer machine that allowed continuous paving and a uniform paver speed resulting in an extremely smooth riding surface.

2010 Excellence in Concrete Paving 

Monona Drive -- City of Monona, Dane County


Contractor:  Trierweiler Construction & Supply Co., Inc.

The $8.6 million project is a four-lane urban roadway carrying some 32,000 vehicles per day that serves as the "gateway" to the City of Monona.  The project required the total reconstruction of water and sewer mains, while maintaining business access throughout construction.

2010 Excellence in Large Structures ($1 million or greater) 

STH 25 Bridge


Contractor:  Lunda Construction Co.

This $12.5 million project replaced three STH 25 bridges located in the Nelson-Trevino Bottoms State Natural Area.  Several innovative procedures, including pre-cast abutments and pier caps, along with a specially designed template for pile driving, helped reduce the overall construction period, minimized environmental impacts and prolonged the life of the bridges.

2010 Excellence in Small Structures (Less than $1 million) 

Grove Street Bridge, City of Fond du Lac


Contractor:  Pheifer Brothers Construction Co., Inc.

The $670,000 project included unique aesthetic features to the bridge's parapet and wing walls that were hand-stained to resemble limestone aggregate found in the area.  With the help of subcontractors working extra hours, the project was completed within budget and opened to traffic nearly a week ahead of schedule.

2010 Special Recognition Award 

I-39/90/94 Rest Areas - Columbia County


Contractor:  Michels Corporation

This $22 million project consisted of reconstructing two rest areas along I-39/90/94 near Portage.  The multi-year project involved coordinating 21 subcontractors and more than 1,000 workers, while keeping the facilities open for use by the traveling public.