Photo Courtesy of APWA
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The Snohomish County SR 530 Landslide Emergency Response and Repair project in Washington was recently named a 2015 Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). Snohomish County Public Works and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), as the managing agencies; and the primary contractors and consultants including AECOM, Guy F. Atkinson Construction, BCI Contracting, Environmental Science Associates, Granite Construction, IMCO General Construction, Jacobs Engineering and URS; these awards were presented with the national Project of the Year Award during APWA’s 2015 International Public Works Congress & Exposition Awards Ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona which was held August 30 – September 2, 2015.

The APWA Public Works Projects of the Year awards are presented annually to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects, recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, contractors, consultants and their cooperative achievements. This year, APWA selected projects in five categories: Disaster/Emergency, Environment, Historical Restoration, Structures and Transportation.

Awarded the APWA 2015 Project of the Year in the Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair category at a cost between $25 million to $75 million, the project resulted after a massive landslide occurred near the community of Oso in Snohomish County. Many lost their lives and 36 structures were destroyed and nine others damaged by the following flooding. Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management activated its Emergency Operations Center, with rescue teams and support staff.

WSDOT Northwest Regional Administrator, Lorena Eng; and Snohomish County Public Works Director, Steve Thomsen led the public works and engineering teams in support of the search, rescue and recovery operations with 900 local, state, federal volunteers with contractors, families and neighbors as part of an Emergency Operations Center and Incident Command.

Six major projects addressing the SR 530 Landslide Emergency Response and Repair were bid at a total of $43 million, and came in $7.5 million under budget finishing 22 days early. Project achievements include: the SR 530 Incident Debris Removal Project that recovered more than 1000 personal items; the replacement of six culverts with fish passable improved habitat; worksites maintained strict safety practices with only one incident due to heat stress; restoration of the new mile-long SR 530 with two lanes; restorations of site drains, and the minimization of future hazards with community support to stabilize the area.

Both WSDOT and Snohomish County applied for and met eligibility requirements for FEMA and FHWA funding, which enabled completion of the projects.

For more information on the APWA 2015 Projects of the Year, please contact APWA Media Relations/Communications Manager, Laura Bynum,, or call 202.218.6736.