A2 Highway Renovation Recognized at the "Umsicht 2011" awards


A project to totally renovate the A2 highway that runs through Switzerland's Reuss valley has achieved recognition at the 2011 "Umsicht" (prudence in construction) awards. Basler & Hofmann was responsible for project planning and construction supervision as part of an engineering consortium brought together by the Federal Roads Office. With its "Umsicht" awards, the Swiss engineer and architect association (SIA) honours outstanding engineering and architecture projects where "prudent" execution has contributed to high-quality living spaces for tomorrow.

[Translate to English:] Die A2 im Kanton Uri


Eco-friendly renovation

Total renovation of the A2 highway in the canton of Uri was done with much careful consideration for the environment. With the renovation, wastewater runoff from the road surface is now channelled through one of several water treatment plants where it is cleansed of pollutants using an innovative technique. Numerous noise control measures have significantly reduced the highway's sonic impact on the Reuss valley. To conserve resources and minimise construction site traffic, much of the broken-up concrete from the old highway was recycled on location. "The innovative remediation techniques employed, and their economically sensible execution demonstrated, respectful consideration for local and regional concerns", according to the jury. 

The second "Umsicht" awards

2011 marks the second presentation of SIA's "Umsicht" awards. Of the 48 projects submitted, 6 received an award and 2 a recognition. The award ceremony took place on March 3rd  2011 at the ETH Zurich, with Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard in attendance. Jürg Röthlisberger, deputy director of the Federal Roads Office, was present to accept the recognition. The prize-winning works are on display at the ETH until April 14th  2011.