Granite Receives Two Public Works Project of the Year Awards


Aggregates producer and construction contractor Granite was selected as the recipient of two American Public Works Association’s (APWA) 2019 Public Works Project of the Year Awards for infrastructure projects publicly developed, owned and maintained, that promote excellence in construction management and administration. These awards recognize the alliance between the managing agency, the contractor, the consultant, and their cooperative achievements.

Granite received APWA’s 2019 Public Works Project of the Year Award for the SouthEast Connector, Phase 2 project in the transportation category, projects of more than $75 million division. As part of the SouthEast Connector, Phase 2 project, Granite built the newly dedicated Veterans Parkway to connect large residential and commercial areas via a five-mile, six-lane arterial highway featuring 10 bridges and 17 precast multicell box culverts. The SouthEast Connector was built to provide a more efficient and safer alternative for commuters who travel between south Reno and east Reno/Sparks in Washoe County, Nev.

Granite also constructed a multiuse pathway for cyclists and pedestrians, as well as sound walls and new signalized intersections avoiding impact to the surrounding wetlands and tributaries of the Truckee River. The team created 150 acres of new wetlands, sequestered mercury-contaminated soils, removed hundreds of acres of noxious weeds, and disposed of 2,000 tons of trash.

Tangerine Corridor Constructors (TCC), an Arizona joint venture between Granite and Borderland Construction, received APWA’s 2019 Public Works Project of the Year Award for the Tangerine Road: Dove Mountain Boulevard to La Cañada Drive project in the transportation category, projects of $25 million to $75 million division. 

TCC reconstructed approximately five miles of two-lane roadway to four lanes of divided roadway, along with widening and improvements to four major cross-streets. The project also included four signalized intersections, a new multi-use path, extensive drainage upgrades including 42 cross drainage structures to enable all-weather access, five underground wildlife crossings, significant native plant preservation, and native landscaping.

The APWA Public Works Projects of the Year Awards are given in four divisions and five categories. The divisions are projects less than $5 million; projects of $5 million, but less than $25 million; projects of $25 million to $75 million; and projects of more than $75 million. The categories are structures; transportation; environment; historical restoration/preservation; and disaster or emergency construction repair.