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Water Quality Innovations Earn FHWA Environmental Excellence Award for Lowry Avenue Bridge Project

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has awarded SRF Consulting Group the 2013 Environmental Excellence Award for its work on the new Lowry Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River. SRF worked closely with Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to maximize stormwater treatment within the project’s limited right of way. Stormwater treatment measures include a proprietary hydrodynamic separator used during bridge construction, a wet detention pond, and an underground sand filter. The underground sand filter is the second filter of its type to be constructed in the Twin Cities and is the largest in the Upper Midwest. The Environmental Excellence Award is a biennial awards program developed by FHWA to honor those partners, projects, and processes that excel in meeting growing transportation needs while protecting and enhancing the environment.