PennDOT's $52.6 million reconstruction of the West End Circle has received a national award.
The project, completed in October, was honored as part of America's Transportation Awards, an annual competition co-sponsored by AAA, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
The judges said that before the project, the West End Circle "was arguably one of the most confusing interchanges in the city. It was used as a beltway around an interstate via the West End Bridge and served as a junction for several heavily traveled state and U.S. highways.
"The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation awarded the construction contract for $53 million and construction began in July 2007 to untangle this interchange, improve safety, enhance roadway continuity, improve access to the North Shore, and revitalize the West End community. Project partnering, schedule monitoring, and public relations and involvement ensured the project ran smoothly and without delays, while staying on budget and minimizing impacts," they said.