2. March 2012 03:22
R.A. Smith National – a multi-disciplined civil engineering and surveying firm – Brookfield, Wis., has received an Outstanding Highway Construction Award from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and a Top Projects of 2011 award from “The Daily Reporter,” for the Highland Road Bridge project over I-43 in the city of Mequon, Wis. R.A. Smith National provided construction management and inspection services for the project.
The Highland Road bridge is a six-span structure that spans four lanes of divided interstate and a mainline track of the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR). The project included the replacement of the existing deck supported on concrete girders; the addition of decorative railing on top of a fieldstone-look, stained parapet wall; and the construction of outside bicycle lanes to serve the many bicyclists in the region.
The project was completed under a compressed schedule to meet the needs and requirements of Concordia University and the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR). The UPRRs requirements included a four-week review and approval period for the deck removal system and associated demolition work above a mainline track. At the City of Mequon’s request, the project was completed one year prior to the inaugural season of a new Northwoods League baseball team based at Concordia University. The Highland Road Bridge project was successfully constructed in a two-month timeframe, June to August 2011, avoiding the closure of Highland Road when Concordia University was in session.
The Highland Road project is one of 30 projects that will be recognized at “The Daily Reporter” Top Projects awards dinner on May 3 at The Garage at the Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, Wis.