The City of Helena has been recognized by the American Public Works Association (AWPA) Rocky Mountain Chapter for its reconstruction project of Front Street, receiving the chapter’s 2019 Project of the Year award. The presentation of the award, which was specific to projects costing over $3 million, was delayed due to COVID and just recently presented at an AWPA Conference.
Engineer Matt Culpo managed the project for the City. The Front Street Project was designed by KLJ Engineering and constructed by Helena Sand and Gravel.
The project completely reconstructed Front Street from Neill Avenue to 16th Street, and Neill Avenue from Front Street to Fuller Avenue. The project included street scaping, addition of historic lighting, undergrounding major power lines and replacement of an 8-inch water main. The project was initiated by the need to replace a 100-year-old storm sewer pipe which had been carrying Last Chance Gulch flows under buildings and along Front Street with a larger diameter (48-inch to 84-inch diameter) storm sewer pipe. The project cost was almost $5 million dollars and was completed on time and under budget.