CITY OF PEWAUKEE Ayres
Associates is proud of the role it played in the repairs of U.S. 34
corridor in Colorado, which was recognized recently by Engineering
News-Record magazine as Project of the Year.
The repairs were needed along the corridor, which is next to the Big
Thompson River near Loveland, Colorado, after damage was caused
during September 2013.
periodical of engineering and construction news, ENR announces
regional award winners each year in 20 categories and then chooses
Best of the Best national award winners among those regional
winners. Finally, from those 20 national winners, it picks a single
Project of the Year.
According to the announcement, the U.S. 34 project was named Project
of the Year, in part because the project finished two years ahead
of schedule while maintaining a safe construction record despite
hazardous site conditions.
The Colorado Department of Transportation project was designed by
lead firm Jacobs Engineering and subconsultants Ayres Associates,
Muller Engineering, Rock-Sol Consulting Group, WSP, and Yeh and
Associates. Kiewit Infrastructure Co. was the general contractor.
Ayres provided the hydraulic analysis and engineering that guided
the early design steps in a project that had to handle the
destructive forces of the Big Thompson River. In 2013, eight people
were killed in northern Colorado after a 21-inch rain event over a
few days that also did $2.9 billion in damage, including 23 miles of
destruction along U.S. 34, 12 miles of which was virtually erased
from the landscape, according to ENR.
Innovations noted by ENR included installing partially grouted
riprap beneath the surface along a two-mile stretch of U.S. 34 to
create a more solid foundation, protecting bridge approaches with
rocks, moving the road away from the river where possible, and in
some cases rerouting the river to make the roadway more resilient in
future floods along this busy tourist route.
ENR presented its 2018 awards during its Award of Excellence
celebration in New York.
Ayres Associates is a multidiscipline consulting firm of 310
professionals in several states, including with several locations in
Wisconsin and one in the City of Pewaukee.