Urban Engineers (Urban) has been recognized by the American Society of Highway Engineers Delaware Valley Chapter with a “Project of the Year” award (Category: Over $10 Million in Construction Costs) for its role in construction management and inspection of the Gustine Lake Interchange Reconstruction Project.
Located amid bustling neighborhoods, the Gustine Lake Interchange moves nearly 100,000 motorists a day between City Avenue, Lincoln Drive, Kelly Drive, and Ridge Avenue in Philadelphia, PA. Financed in part by federal stimulus funds, the $20 million project to reconstruct the interchange included replacing four bridges and eliminating the fifth, constructing a design/build tie-back retaining wall, numerous utility relocations, including major installations by the Philadelphia Water Department, new interchange lighting, and 15 new sign structures. Since the project was in the Schuylkill River Watershed, eight bio-retention basins and 300 new trees and shrubs assist in sedimentation and erosion control.
Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the design team, Urban’s Construction Management and Inspection Team found innovative ways to reduce construction time from four years to two, cut traffic delays by 50%, and stage construction in 2010 and 2011 to preserve the routes of the international cycling championship and the Philadelphia Marathon, which utilized the same roads and bridges of the Interchange. During those years, the two races combined to bring about $40 million to the Philadelphia economy.
“Our personnel taking a proactive approach in identifying project issues before they could arise and create delays was vital to keeping the Gustine Lake Interchange Reconstruction Project on schedule,” stated Leo Leonetti, PE, Vice President of Construction Services and Project Manager. “We are thrilled to share the “Project of the Year” award with the entire project team, which included PennDOT, Buckley Construction Company (Contractor), Michael Baker, Inc., (Design Consultant), Philadelphia Streets Department, and Urban.”