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SDDOT Project Wins 2021 American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA) Project Achievement Award

For Immediate Release: 
Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021

Julie Stevenson, Strategic Communications Coordinator, 605-773-2898


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) Veterans Parkway Project (Rice Street to Interstate 90) was chosen as the recipient of the 2021 American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA) Project Achievement Award. The purpose of the annual project achievement award is to recognize agencies who demonstrate creative and innovative accomplishments through projects that have been designed utilizing precast concrete pipe or boxes.

“The Veterans Parkway Project in the Sioux Falls community involved unique challenges due to the deep fills, sensitive environmental concerns, and multiple drainage ways within or near the grading work,” says Travis Dressen, Mitchell Region Engineer for the SDDOT. “The project team developed feasible solutions and worked through initial challenges during construction that resulted in an outstanding final product.”

“The Veterans Parkway Project used precast products in a variety of ways to achieve an environmentally friendly enhancement to the economic vitality of the Sioux Falls area,” says Josh Beakley, ACPA Vice President of Engineering. “The adaptability and dependability of the precast concrete products used on this project, along with the ingenuity of SDDOT and HDR Engineering, provided a way to solve complex drainage solutions in order to make the project successful.”

Hancock Concrete Products supplied the pipe, box culvert, and precast inlets for this project. Collaboration among SDDOT, HDR Engineering, and Hancock Concrete led to innovative designs and cost savings on multiple aspects of the drainage system on this project. The three entities working together resulted in solutions for the best way to construct a 90-degree bend for the box culvert, the most cost-effective ways to connect pipes to the walls and bulkhead on the box culvert, and the best solution for construction of the pipe “gallery”. This initial collaboration led to solutions used in varying phases of construction as the project progressed.

The Veterans Parkway project will be featured on the cover of the ACPA magazine and highlighted on the association’s website


Pictured (L-R) Bill Adams-ACPA, Travis Dressen-SDDOT, Scott Hofer-Hancock Concrete-ACPA, Ray Pierson-Hancock Concrete, and Jason Kjenstad-HDR

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Find Veterans Parkway Project materials, including maps and videos, on the SDDOT website at https://dot.sd.gov/inside-sddot/media/media-kits.