ACEC California firm, HMH Engineers of San Jose, was honored with a Merit Award at the 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards, for their work on US 101 Operational Improvements from 1-280/680 to Yerba Buena Road in San Jose.
HMH led an exceptional partnering effort with the Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the City of San Jose and the County of Santa Clara to construct a two-phase project with funding from the Proposition 1-B CMIA program and local sources. The improvements to the four-mile section of 8-lane freeway relieved congestion that caused divers over 3,500 hours of wasted time before the project was constructed. The project included adding a southbound through lane, extending auxiliary lanes, modifying the existing full-cloverleaf interchanges at Tully Road and at Capitol Expressway into partial cloverleafs, and ramp modifications at the Yerba Buena Road interchange.
The project featured the latest in interchange design to provide safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, unique context sensitive architectural treatment and innovative public art developed with local sixth-grade students. The two phases of construction were completed on schedule in May 2014 for $76 million, substantially less than the original budget of $100 million.
“Every day these firms work in collaboration with public and private sectors and state and local agencies to help build a better California,” said Brad Diede ACEC California Executive Director. “It’s with great accolade that we honor their work.”