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highway bridge project wins safety award

November 26, 2018

Working safely is an important part of Barr’s mission, so it’s a point of pride for us when a project we’ve worked on is recognized for safety. The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s relocation of a highway recently received a 2018 Excellence in Safety award from ENR Midwest and was also named a best project.

To allow iron-ore extraction under its existing alignment, Trunk Highway 53 in northern Minnesota had to be relocated, resulting in construction of the tallest bridge in the state over an inactive mine pit. Barr assisted construction manager Kiewit Infrastructure with monitoring of the foundations and pit highwalls during construction. 

At a difficult jobsite in bitterly cold weather, more than 600,000 worker hours were tallied without a lost-time injury or recordable incident. “Kiewit’s safety culture is similar to Barr’s,” explained Barr’s project manager Joel Swenson, “so it was easy for us to work as part of their team.”

Click here to learn more about the ENR Midwest award.