Morrison-Maierle's John Pavsek stands next to the plaque from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation.
Morrison-Maierle’s John Pavsek stands next to the plaque from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

The Montana Department of Transportation and its engineering consultant, Morrison-Maierle have been selected as the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2014 FHWA Excellence in Utility Construction Management Award for the I-15 Custer Interchange Project in Helena, Montana.

The FHWA Excellence in Utility Awards recognizes exemplary projects that successfully integrate the consideration of utilities in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of transportation facilities.

MDT and Morrison-Maierle’s award recognizes their excellence in utility construction management on the Custer project. The project team engaged multiple utility companies early in the design phase and continued to consult with them during construction. They also used several innovative approaches to address utility relocations and other challenges. By working collaboratively, the team was able to avoid utilities during the construction phase which led to substantial cost savings and completing the project ahead of an already accelerated schedule.

The Custer Interchange and accompanying interstate and area street improvements stands among the largest urban highway and bridge construction project in the history of the Montana Department of Transportation. At a final price tag of nearly $56 million this project represents a huge partnership endeavor for MDT, Federal Highway Administration, the City of Helena, and Morrison-Maierle.

MDT and Morrison-Maierle accepted this award during a conference in Salt Lake City on April 30, 2014.

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