Here are the four projects that received a 2013 Transportation Project of the Year award.

American Public Works Association
2013 Public Works Project of the Year
Award category:
Less than $5 million

A viable alternative to sidewalks
Project: 108th Avenue Walkway/Bikeway Improvement Project
Managing agency: City of Bellevue, Wash.
Primary consultant: David Evans and Associates Inc.
Primary contractor: West Coast Construction Co. Inc.

Pedestrian and bicycle facilities along 108th Avenue between Bellevue Way and the I-90 bike trail used to be a patchwork of incomplete sidewalk and bike lane segments, deteriorating paved shoulder, and undeveloped stretches in between.

Today, all of that’s a memory for the 950 or so households in the area, the Enatai neighborhood of Bellevue, Wash. It’s an established residential community with mature trees, parks, a church, and an elementary school. The city wanted a solution that would improve regional pedestrian and bicycle facilities while preserving the 50-year-old neighborhood’s character.

The 108th Avenue Walkway/Bikeway Improvement Project provides a bicycle route between the I-90 regional trail and downtown Bellevue as well as a safe walkable route to the elementary school. Nearly 1 mile of 108th Avenue was improved by connecting gaps in sidewalks, adding bike lanes, providing a multiuse path, separating pedestrians from vehicles, enhancing stormwater runoff quality, and preserving the natural wildlife of local evergreens.

Click here for the rest of the award-winning projects.

Next year’s award deadline: March 4, 2014

Public input ensured community needs were met. Two open houses gathered feedback from residents and other key stakeholders, including the Cascade Bicycle Club and Beaux Arts Village.

Their insight reduced the project’s scope, which reduced costs by $2 million. Instead of traditional curbs, gutters, and sidewalks, for example, a more “rural approach” was implemented. Paved shoulders were replaced with 2-foot landscape strips and 5-to-10-foot multiuse paths.

The project was coordinated with the Street Overlays Program to repair concrete vehicular lanes and the Utilities Department to replace sewer saddles.

Result: Lower future transportation costs and the preservation of the city’s natural wildlife.

Next page: Design-assist subcontractors expedite redevelopment