Projects of the Year 2009


Oregon Department of Transportation - Alsea Bay Bridge/William Keady Wayside - 2009 Project of the Year - Less than $5 Million - Transportation

Engineer: Murray, Smith & Associates Inc. and OBEC

Contractor: Pok Wan Contracting, Inc.

This project, located in Waldport, successfully combined three projects from three funding sources into one, which enhanced project coordination, reduced cost and reduced the impact to the community. The work included downtown refinement, pavement rehabilitation of Highway 101, and traffic signal reconstruction. The project team understood that this work could have significant impacts on Waldport as it is dependent upon Highway 101 for tourism; therefore, many steps were taken to reduce construction impacts and maintain access to businesses.


Washington County - SW Oleson Road Improvements - 2009 Project of the Year - $5 Million to $25 Million - Transportation

Engineer: CH2M Hill and OTAK, Inc.

Contractor: Emery & Sons Construction Inc.

This project included improvements to 2.6 miles of a major arterial to change it from a county road to urban design standards. This included wider lanes, turning lanes, bike lanes, storm drainage, safety features and landscaping. Understanding that this would significantly affect a developed neighborhood the project team used many community outreach techniques including 18 meetings over a four-year period with a community based project advisory committee. Based upon these meetings major design modifications were adopted such as reducing the design speed from 45 to 35 mph.


City of Sherwood - Cedar Creek Culvert Replacement - 2009 Project of the Year - Below $5 Million - Environmental

Engineer: OTAK, Inc.

Contractor: Kerr Contractors, Inc.

This project started as an enhancement for fish passage and storm water conveyance. However, the project team took the opportunity to expand the project to address multiple issues. This included wetland restoration, stream restoration, roadway safety improvements, extension of a park trail system and provision for a wildlife corridor. In addition the project team successfully dealt with extreme weather conditions during construction including a 25-year flood, snow and record low temperatures.


City of Tigard - 550' Service Zone Reservoir #2 - 2009 Project of the Year - $5 Million to $25 Million - Environmental

Engineer: Murray, Smith & Associates, Inc.

Contractor: Emery & Sons Construction, Inc.

This 3-million-gallon buried reservoir project faced large design challenges including shallow rock and nowhere to take the drainage. Through a value engineering study a solution was found. The operating level of the pressure zone was raised by 10 feet and the geometry of the reservoir was modified to make it low and wide. This reduced the amount of rock excavation required and raised the reservoir high enough that the drainage could be connected to an existing storm system. The team also took the opportunity to create a pocket park out of the reservoir site.


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