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Burnham Street construction named Project of the Year

TIGARD - The recent construction of Southwest Burnham Street took close to two years to complete, and the city's hard work is paying off.

The construction project recently earned the 'Project of the Year' award from the Oregon chapter of the American Public Works Association.

The award is given to transportation projects across the state based on the innovation and cooperation between public works agencies and the contractors.

The re-construction was the city's most complex and challenging public works project to date, said Tigard Mayor Craig Dirksen.

'Burnham Street was one of Tigard's oldest streets - an eyesore,' Dirksen said. 'Now we have a new street, up-to-date utilities, and an entrance way to the heart of our city that matches our community's spirit.'

A major road for local businesses, as well as government buildings and a fire station, crews faced a particular challenge balancing the needs of businesses with sustainable objectives to create the city's first 'Green Street.'

Crews built the new Ash Avenue Dog Park and moved power and telephone lines underground. Street parking and storm water treatment were added as well as new sidewalks, plant life and trees.

Contractors also connected Ash Avenue, which was previously blocked by houses, and extended the road to connect to the TriMet WES train station.

The APWA also awarded 'Honorable Mention' to the city's recent construction along Pacific Highway at Hall Boulevard and Greenburg Road and Main Street.