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Officials with the City of Pocatello will be coming back from one industry convention with a little more than they packed.
At the Spring Conference of the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) Rocky Mountain Chapter, Deirdre Castillo, PE, City Engineer and Project Manager was in attendance and accepted the Public Works Project of the Year award from the group for the City’s South Valley Road project.
“We’re honored to be recognized by the APWA for our efforts on the project,” said Michael R. Jaglowski, PE, Public Works Director. “South Valley Road has taken decades to complete and wouldn’t have been possible except for the numerous elected leaders, City officials, local, state, and federal organizations, and construction industry professionals who saw this project through to the end.”
A groundbreaking was held in May 2013 but initial planning for the road can be traced back to the late 1960s. The roadway was officially opened to the public in December 2015.
The award seeks to highlight “excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the consultant/architect/engineer, and the contractor who, working together, complete public works projects.”
The road is a little over two miles long and features three bridges. The longest bridge spans 423 feet over the Portneuf River and Union Pacific Railroad tracks.