APWA announces the 2021 Public Works Projects of the Year

Each year, APWA presents the Public Works Projects of the Year awards to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects, recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the contractor, the consultant, and their cooperative achievements.

The winners of the 2021 Public Works Projects of the Year Award are:

Disaster or Emergency Construction/ Repair

  • <$5 million: Brent Spence Bridge Repair (Covington, KY & Cincinnati, OH)
  • $5 million but less than $25 million: Woodbury’s PFAS Temporary Water Treatment Plant (Woodbury, MN)
  • $25 million–$75 million: CDBG-DR Green Area (Joplin, MO)


  • <$5 million: Pringle Creek Demolition & Stream Restoration (Salem, OR)
  • $5 million but less than $25 million: Central Industrial District Green Infrastructure (Kansas City, MO)
  • $25 million–$75 million: Joliet’s Collaborative Approach to CSOs (Joliet, IL)
  • >$75 million: Globeville Landing Outfall (City & County of Denver, CO)

Historical Restoration/Preservation

  • <$5 million: Pleasant Avenue Reconstruction (Sturgis, MI)
  • $5 million but less than $25 million: Mental Health Services Center Renovation (Berkeley, CA)
  • >$75 million: Wyoming Capital Square Project (Cheyenne, WY)


  • <$5 million: Kingsport Miracle Field (Kingsport, TN)
  • $5 million but less than $25 million: Dublin Public Safety Complex (Dublin, CA)
  • $25 million–$75 million: Robert Crown Community Center & Library (Evanston, IL)
  • >$75 million: Lake Forest Civic Center (Lake Forest, CA)


  • <$5 million: Kronberg Park Multi-Use Walkway (Milwaukie, OR)
  • $5 million but less than $25 million: University District Gateway Bridge (Spokane, WA)
  • $25 million–$75 million: Turner Diagonal Interchange (Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS)
  • >$75 million: 85/385 Gateway Project (Greenville, SC)

Small Cities/Rural Communities Projects of the Year:

  • Disaster/Emergency: Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Phases 2 & 3 (Minot, ND)
  • Environment: Montpelier Water Resource Recovery Facility (Montpelier, VT)
  • Structures: Iowa City Public Works Facility – Phase 1 (Iowa City, IA)
  • Transportation: Uptown Sedona Roadway Improvements (Sedona, AZ)

Check out the latest issue of the Reporter magazine for more information about each of the winning projects.