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WSB's Environmental Compliance team receives Minnesota Erosion Control Association Environmental Excellence Award

March 1, 2018

WSB’s Environmental Compliance team has received the Minnesota Erosion Control Association (MECA) 2018 Environmental Excellence Award. The MECA recognizes project teams annually that demonstrate excellence through innovation, partnership, water quality and quantity protection, and project success.

The award recipients include WSB’s Environmental Compliance and Construction Services teams comprised of Jennifer Hildebrand, Greg Beckius, Joel Sundeen, Bryon Amo and Paul Kyle. Additional members of the project team included Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Project Engineer, Andrew Johnson and Kiewit Infrastructure Corporation, Erosion Control Supervisor, Emily Koenigs.

WSB was hired by MnDOT to supervise construction and environmental compliance management on the Trunk Highway (TH) 53 Relocation project in Virginia, Minnesota. The TH53 road into Virginia previously rested on a mine easement and iron ore below was scheduled for production. The original agreement required the road relocation to be made within three years of notice of intent for ore production. The project was fast tracked using a process that incorporated a contractor developed contract and plans in conjunction with DOT and consultant design professionals, and intense collaborative core team involvement with eight state agencies.

The project consisted of 3.2 miles of new four-lane highway, a new 1,132-foot bridge (Minnesota’s tallest) across the Rouchleau Pit (a public water drinking supply), and includes new interchanges, utilities, trail relocations, drainage, lighting and signal construction. Starting with a robust and inclusive Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), along with just-in-time training to the entire DOT and Kiewit staff for environmental commitment delivery, the quality control team delivered exceptional environmental program delivery.

In 2015, WSB’s team of environmental specialists partnered with MnDOT to implement the specific environmental regulations per the contracted three-year timeline. Project services performed on the TH 53 Relocation included infiltration basin construction, wetland management, construction dewatering activities, contaminated materials identification and field inspection.

Throughout the construction process WSB’s team of environmental specialists worked diligently with MnDOT to ensure that all rules, specifications, and standards were followed to protect the surrounding water and natural resources present in the area.