USH 10/STH 42 (Waldo Boulevard) Urban Reconstruction
2021 Engineering Excellence State Finalist
Entering Firm: Ayres Associates Inc.
Client: Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Waldo Boulevard is a three mile stretch of road running through the City of Manitowoc. Over two years of reconstruction, this project ran into almost every possible complication. A guiding authority to oversee the entire project was critical.
Ayres Associates used their expertise to steer this project to completion. The corridor’s urban setting created many problems. The design team coordinated construction and design elements to meet stakeholder needs. Traffic was carefully staged to allow use of the road during construction and a temporary road was constructed specifically for a fire station located on the stretch. A roundabout was installed at a dangerous intersection – the solution reduces speed and improves safety.
Along with the surface renovations, the Ayres team also oversaw below-ground improvements. A new water main and accompanying pipes were installed to improve water flow. A six-foot storm sewer was buried almost 30 feet deep. These water-related improvements were vital to protect nearby Lake Michigan.
The result is a safer, more stable roadway that will benefit the community for years to come.