Pictured from Left to Right: Jim Kleingers, ACEC Ohio Chairman; Jud Hines, City of Columbus Engineer; and Josh Lockhart, CMT Project Manager

Crawford, Murphy & Tilly (CMT) received an Honor Award at the American Council of Engineering Companies of Ohio (ACEC-OH) Engineering Excellence Awards banquet on March 14 for the Hague Avenue Rehabilitation project. CMT’s Greg Heaton, Scott Knebel and Josh Lockhart joined Jud Hines from the City of Columbus at the Awards Luncheon.

This project was unique because CMT implemented a first-of-its-kind solution for the City of Columbus: porous asphalt.

Hague Avenue is a major north-south connector for the west side of Columbus and a section had fallen into disrepair.  The existing roadway lacked adequate stormwater infrastructure and had been overlaid multiple times in the past resulting in a lack of defined parking and poor drainage. 

As the City’s prime consultant on the project, CMT recommended porous asphalt as one of the solutions.  Use of porous asphalt to offset reconstruction of the storm sewer main saved the city $300,000 – nearly 10% of the project construction costs. Since construction, the completed porous asphalt parking facilities have been tested, are performing appropriately, and are significantly improving drainage throughout the improved roadway.

“It was a great collaborative effort between the City and CMT to develop a cost-effective and sustainable solution that met the project needs,” said Josh Lockhart, CMT’s Project Manager.