A bypass in the east was named one of 2010's best construction projects.
The Highway 17 bypass in Washington was one of the most significant construction projects of 2010, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.
The project's contractors, Flatiron Constructors, Inc. and United Infrastructure Group, Inc., were among 20 firms to receive the association's Build America award that recognizes the nation's most significant construction projects.
Flatiron and United received the award for a new design-build project for developing a new top-down construction approach specifically designed and built for this project, resulting in minimal impact to the wetlands and an accelerated construction schedule. It was the world's first application of a pile driving operation from an erection gantry, and offered a safer way to build the bridge by eliminating the need for construction of a temporary work bridge.
A panel of judges, representing all areas of construction, evaluated over 115 projects this year, assessing each project's complexity, use of innovative construction techniques and coordination with partners.