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MDT, Morrison-Maierle Earn Top Federal Transportation Award

MDT, Morrison-Maierle earn top federal transportation award for
Custer Interchange Project

(HELENA) May 20, 2014 -- 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.
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
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.