Dewey Avenue intersection receives APWA award

The realignment of Dewey Avenue and Driving Park Avenue has been named Project of the Year by the Genesee Valley branch of the American Public Works Association.

The project, designed by Bergmann, won in the category of transportation projects less than $5 million. The City of Rochester received the award for the project.

The intersection’s realignment first gained notice more than 100 years ago, but it was not until 2006 that the intersection became part of a designated City of Rochester Focused Investment Strategy Area. In 2014, the project secured $1 million in funding to purchase, remove and relocate a store in the northwest corner of the intersection, making way for a realigned Dewey Avenue.

The project—which features a 50 percent reduction in the number of potential conflict points—was completed in November 2018.

“The Dewey and Driving Park Avenue intersection realignment project was almost a century in the making, and now that it’s finally complete, the neighborhood has been transformed,” Mayor Lovely Warren said in a statement. “Effective traffic flow is critical to a neighborhood’s ability to create jobs, become safer and more vibrant and create better educational opportunities.”

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Perinton bridge wins APWA award

Perinton’s Route 31F bridge replacement project has been awarded Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association Genesee Valley Chapter.

State Route 31F over Thomas Creek (photo provided)
State Route 31F over Thomas Creek (photo provided)

In the category of structures projects costing less than $5 million, the Macedon Center Road bridge that carries traffic over Thomas Creek won top honors for the state Department of Transportation  during the APWA’s recent awards banquet.

The $1 million project replaced a 90-year-old bridge with a single-span, three-sided precast concrete structure that is wider and accommodates both vehicles and pedestrians. The existing pedestrian bridge was removed and returned to the Town of Perinton for future use.

“This award is a testament to our dedicated personnel in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region, and I congratulate them on their success in planning, designing and executing this superb project,” Acting Commissioner Paul Karas said in a statement.

The project will now compete at the state level, Karas said.

A 32-day detour was in place while the former bridge was removed and the new bridge was constructed. The project also included replacing the guiderail, improving drainage systems, environmental accommodations, resurfacing the asphalt pavement approaching the bridge and installing new pavement markings.

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Airport renovation wins APWA award

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo accepts the Project of the Year Award for the Greater Rochester International Airport. (Photo provided)
Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo accepts the Project of the Year Award for the Greater Rochester International Airport. (Photo provided)

The $79 million, two-year transformation of the Greater Rochester International Airport garnered a great deal of attention both during construction and following its completion last fall. This week the renovation earned the Project of the Year Award from the Genesee Valley Branch of the American Public Works Association.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, airport officials and project partners accepted the award at the APWA Genesee Valley Branch’s annual awards banquet Thursday.

“This renovation transformed the airport into a next generation travel hub, enhancing our efforts to attract more jobs and investment to our community,” Dinolfo said in a statement. “I’m proud to have worked with our construction partners and trade unions to complete this project on-time and on-target.”

The airport renovations began in 2016 when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Rochester had won the full $40 million it applied for as part of the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition. The original plan called for $63 million in funding, with $23 million coming from airport and county sources.

In the end, $25 million came from non-taxpayer funding from the Monroe County Airport Authority and $14 million came from the county. Another $400,000 was received in federal funding.

Monroe County and airport officials worked with engineering firms Passero Associates P.C. and CHA Consulting Inc., construction manager LeChase Construction Services LLC and more than 60 subcontractors and local trade unions, officials said.

The airport renovation included several upgrades. Many of the designs incorporate accessibility features, with a particular focus on the deaf and hearing-impaired community. Lighting and color play a role in the airport’s new design, with wayfinding that helps the flow of foot traffic and eases congestion and movement throughout the concourse.

The transformation included a wide-scale redesign of the airport’s terminal building to feature new shopping and dining options for travelers, including a “Taste of Rochester” restaurant and improved security measures.

A state-of-the-art canopy was designed to protect the roadway outside the terminal from snow and ice during the winter and provide protection for people waiting curbside. It features sustainable solar panels that can provide energy, a full, 40,000-gallon rainwater collection system for irrigation and landscaping during the summer, 24-hour security and LED lighting at night.

The award is given in recognition of “excellent collaboration by all participating organizations and the successful completion of a project.”

“This award is a testament to incredible efforts of so many professionals who helped build our new airport,” Dinolfo said.

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