Winning the APWA Outstanding Public Works Project of the year award was probably the last thing Minnesota Dept. of Transportation expected when the I35-W bridge suffered catastrophic collapse.
Mn/DOT will share the coveted Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair category with Caltrans (for their emergency repair of MacArthur maze and two other projects).
Personally, if I were on the APWA committee, I’d award Mn/DOT +1 points for the replacement bridge….and minus ten billion points for allowing the original one to collapse in the first place.
The Muni Metro East Maintenance Facility was also given an award, though interestingly not in the “Disaster” category.