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The 2017

ARTHUR GRUHN EXCELLENCE
in Construction Awards
By Autumn Cafiero Giusti
Complex, high-quality transportation projects take place across
the state year after year. But in the past, contractors didn't always
receive recognition for these projects.
"It's very rare that you showcase quality transportation construction work," says Don Shubert, executive secretary of the Connecticut
Road Builders Association and president of the Connecticut
Construction Industries Association.
That's the idea behind the Arthur R. Gruhn Excellence in
Construction Awards, which recognize innovative approaches to
transportation construction. The program is a partnership between

SMALL PROJECT

the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the Connecticut
Road Builders Association.
The awards are named for the late Arthur Gruhn, who was chief
engineer for the Connecticut Department of Transportation and
died of leukemia in 2008.
"It's a very credible program with a lot of integrity," Shubert says.
The 2017 Gruhn Awards were presented at the Connecticut Road
Builders Association's 2017 Annual Fall meeting Nov. 8 at the Aqua
Turf Club in Plantsville.
Here is a look at the five winning projects.

Because this was a limited access highway, there were few staging areas, and
crews had to walk the milling and paving
equipment back and forth nightly.

CHALLENGING PROJECT

Resurfacing Route 72
Tilcon Connecticut Inc.
This $2.38 million milling and paving job
was completed at night and in stages. Crews
would mill for 10 nights, then pull the milling
crew out and pave for 10 nights, then repeat
the process.
The Route 72 merge with I-84, which
opens up the highway to six lanes wide,
created challenges for work zone traffic
patterns. There were time constraints with
putting up multiple traffic patterns and taking
them down in a timely manner.
Other construction jobs were underway
on some of the area bridges, and communication and coordination was critical for multiple jobs to be able to continue their work.
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The contractor had to contend with a rail
corridor that was built in the 1800s and the
evolution of design and safety standards.
Designs for the new rail line needed to meet
requirements for federal grants and Amtrak
design standards.
The contractor had to stage construction while maintaining railroad operations.
Construction access was limited along the
rail line, and equipment was often required
to travel a mile or more to access construction sites.

INNOVATIVE CONSTRUCTION
METHODS PROJECT
Railroad Track Installation
Amtrak New Haven - Hartford - Springfield
Rail, Hamden to Windsor, Conn.
The Middlesex Corporation
Upgrades to the Hartford rail line were
part of a six-year, $693.8 million overhaul
of a 62-mile Amtrak-owned rail corridor
between Connecticut and Massachusetts
and provide high-speed rail service.
The project was a piece of the Connecticut
DOT's New Haven-Hartford-Springfield
Rail Program.

I-95 North and South over Old Mill Road
The Brunalli Construction Company
Having to replace two 42-foot bridge
spans on a busy interstate within four
34-hour periods required some creative
constructor thinking.
The $5.5 million project called for replacing a section of northbound and southbound
I-95.
So when The Brunalli Construction
Company was tasked with constructing a
new I-95 bridge over Old Mill Road, the contractor proposed using a hydraulic-powered



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Summer 2018

The Next Step in Transportation
Connecticut’s Construction Apprenticeship Programs Strive to Maintain Their Edge
2018 Build CT Awards
AGC of Connecticut’s 2017 Industry Recognition Awards
CAAPA/ConnDot Paving Awards
The 2017 Arthur Gruhn Excellence in Construction Awards
#TimesUp for the Construction Industry?
2018 Build Connecticut Awards Dinner and 71st Annual Meeting
CAAPA Paving Conference
Ethics and Compliance Summit
Joint Forces Luncheon
CCIA/AGC CT – Young Contractor’s Forum
Move CT Forward Press Conference
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - Intro
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - cover1
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - cover2
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 3
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 4
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 5
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 6
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - The Next Step in Transportation
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 8
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - Connecticut’s Construction Apprenticeship Programs Strive to Maintain Their Edge
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 2018 Build CT Awards
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CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - AGC of Connecticut’s 2017 Industry Recognition Awards
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 17
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - CAAPA/ConnDot Paving Awards
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 19
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - The 2017 Arthur Gruhn Excellence in Construction Awards
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 21
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - #TimesUp for the Construction Industry?
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CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 2018 Build Connecticut Awards Dinner and 71st Annual Meeting
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - CAAPA Paving Conference
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - Joint Forces Luncheon
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - CCIA/AGC CT – Young Contractor’s Forum
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - Move CT Forward Press Conference
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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