Awards & Recognitions


Turner Diagonal Interchange ReconstructionPublic-Works-Turner-Diagonal-Diverging-Diamond-Interchange-Reconstruction.jpg

The Turner Diagonal Interchange sits at the country's crossroads – about a two-day drive from 85 percent of the US population. This location services 65,000 vehicles per day, 25 percent of which are trucks, and is very close to other major highways. The new design of the interchange will now meet the community's needs well into the future.

Public Works is pleased to announce this undertaking was awarded 2021 Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association, and received regional recognition in America's Transportation Awards.

Water Pollution ControlPublic-Works-Kaw-Point-Wastewater-Treatment-Facility.jpg

Public Works' Water Pollution Control professionals responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Kaw Point Wastewater Treatment Plan received their first-ever Platinum Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. The Kaw Point Plant was first recognized in 2016 with the Gold Award, celebrating one year of 100% permit compliance. Now, for the past five years, the plant has not recorded a single permit violation, earning them the Platinum Award honor for their continued outstanding compliance record. Three other Public Works plants earned Gold Awards recognizing facilities with no permit violations for the entire calendar year.


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Safe Routes to School Program

Safe Routes to School APWA Award

Public Works won the American Public Works Association (APWA) award in 2017 for the Project of The Year in the $5M to $25 million structure category.

This was for the coordination of UG Public Works Safe Routes to School Sidewalk and Pedestrian Crossing improvements and the construction of a new school building at Frank Rushton Elementary by USD 500.


Peak Performance Awards

Water Pollution Control received the four Peak Performance Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agency (NACWA) in 2016.

The four treatment plants recognized:

  • Kaw Point received a Gold award
  • Plant 20 received a Silver Award
  • Plant 14 received a Silver Award
  • Wolcott received a Silver Award

Peak Performance Awards are as follows:

  • Platinum Awards - 100% compliance with permit for 5 consecutive years
  • Gold Awards - 100% compliance with permit for 1 year
  • Silver Awards - 5 or fewer violations in 1 year

Merriam Lane Reconstruction Project

Public Works received an award for the Merriam Lane Reconstruction and Improvement Project from the American Concrete Pavement Association's (ACPA) during their annual conference held on February 28th, 2017. 

The project was a winner in the category of best Concrete Overlays (streets and roads). This was the first phase of the Merriam Lane project which extends from S. 24th St. to S. 10th St.