The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 30, 2009
Caltrans earned two APWA awards

Two projects by Caltrans workers earned American Public Works Association awards - an emergency repair of the Interstate 580/880 interchange in Oakland and a repair of Interstate 5 by downtown Sacramento.

Both are tricky projects because of high commuter traffic. Both were accomplished in collaboration with contractor C. C. Myers, Inc.

The Interstate 5 project, in particular, required repair of extensive damage from the Sacramento River. A new drainage network was installed, including pumps to eliminate river seepage. It is believed to be the first project to use 50 percent "slag" in the concrete, making it more environmentally friendly, the magazine says.

Info about the award from the APWA:

The American Public Works Association (APWA) presents Projects of the Year awards annually, recognizing management and administration excellence of public works projects. The awards highlight alliances between managing agencies, contractors, consultants and their cooperative achievements.

Visit pages 78, 80 and 81 of the magazine to view information about the awards and read features of the repairs.

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