WSDOT Earns National Award for Nile Valley Landslide Repairs
NILE VALLEY, Wash. -- The Washington State Department of Transportation is being recognized with a national award for its management and budgeting of the emergency response to the State Route 410 Nile Valley Landslide. In October of 2009, a landslide demolished half a mile of S.R. 410. WSDOT won the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)"Innovative Management- Small Project" category. Transportation crews and the emergency contractor worked 14-hour days, seven days a week to meet a 45-day deadline to build a new river channel and 4,000 foot detour route. Coordinating with Yakima County and resource agencies, WSDOT environmental experts worked to ensure that long-term impacts were mitigated and/or minimized. On November 24, 2009, the day before the promised target, WSDOT opened the detour to traffic. "State department of transportation are completing projects faster and for less money. They're working hard to fix roads and keep people moving, but this hard work often gets overlooked," said John Horsley, executive director of AASHTO. "These awards are really about showcasing the best projects these states have completed, and recognizing them for their determination and innovation."