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Geneva's South Street bridge replacement wins 2nd award

Geneva's public works effort garners 'Project of the Year' award

GENEVA – Geneva’s South Street bridge replacement has garnered its second “Project of the Year” award, this time coming from the American Public Works Association Chicago Metro Chapter, officials announced in a news release.

The South Street bridge replacement took top honors in the category of Disaster of Emergency Repairs less than $5 million. The APWA award was judged on safety performance, environmental impact, project management, community relations, accomplishments under adverse conditions, and quality control/construction innovations brought to the projects, the release stated.

The bridge replacement unexpectedly materialized last fall after city staff discovered the South Street crossing was damaged by a sinkhole. The roadway was closed immediately for safety reasons.

After project funding and engineering were secured, demolition and construction took a month to complete before the bridge was reopened in November. 

Geneva’s Public Works team will receive the award March 13 at the APWA Chicago Metro Chapter’s meeting in Addison. The Chapter also will be submitting Geneva’s project for review at the APWA national competition in New Orleans this summer.

The City has previously been awarded the APWA Chicago Metro Chapter’s “Projects of the Year” for the Third Street Commuter Parking Deck expansion in 2016, Third Street improvements in 2002 and State Street improvements in 1995.

In January, both the South Street bridge replacement and the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade in the category of Environment projects between $5 million to $25 million won “Projects of the Year” at the APWA Fox Valley Branch level.

Both entries then moved to the Chicago Metro Chapter level for consideration with the South Street bridge earning recognition.

The American Public Works Association is an international educational and professional association of public agencies, private sector companies and individuals dedicated to providing quality public works goods and services. The Chicago Chapter is comprised of 1,500 members in five branches throughout the region.

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