Reede Construction, Inc. wins WASHTO award
Published on: 2010-07-12

South Dakota Department of Transportation wins National Award

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation is pleased to announce the 2009 Interstate 90 project from White Lake to Plankinton has won regional acclaim in the America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

The South Dakota Department of Transportation and Reede Construction, Inc. completed a 22.1 mile concrete paving project on the westbound lanes of I-90 between White Lake and Mount Vernon, S.D., in November 2009.

The project was let to contract on April 15, work began May 6 and the project was open to traffic on October 30. The contractor used 113 of the original 130 working days and earned a seventy percent smoothness incentive.

This ambitious project was one of the largest stimulus-funded concrete paving projects in the country according to the FHWA’s ARRA National Review Team Final Report.

The complex job required extensive coordination, cooperation and precise sequencing among contractors and the South Dakota DOT to complete it in such a short time period.

The job was so large that it required the hiring of contractors from many distant locations, and that served to spread the economic benefits statewide. On average, 142 employees per month worked during the intense construction period of the project.

In the end, communities across South Dakota and the nation benefit from Interstate System improvement.

It’s also worth noting that this was a “green” project that recycled 142,000 tons of crushed concrete for use as gravel cushion, and 8,200 tons of old asphalt used in new asphalt concrete shoulders.

“This was an ambitious $22.5 million effort that was made possible with stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” said South Dakota Department of Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist. “This large project could not have been completed in this time frame without the exceptional efforts of Reede Construction, Inc., the numerous subcontractors and dedicated Department of Transportation staff.”

The final result of the project: an exceptional, long-lasting roadway.The top ten regional award winners will then vie for the Grand Prize and People’s Choice awards.

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