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Honored Steel Bridges Show their Mettle

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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The engineering marvel that is the steel bridge—short or long, vehicular or pedestrian, venerable or brand new—showed an array of winning faces in the 2014 Prize Bridge Awards Competition, announced Monday (April 14).

The biennial awards, presented by the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA), recognize innovative design and engineering achievements on structural steel bridge projects nationwide.

Shenandoah River Bridge

The Shenandoah River Bridge Delta Frame, in Jefferson County, WV, took top honors in the Major Span Category. The submitting firm was HDR Engineering Inc.

The winning bridges and their project team members were recognized March 26 during the combined 2014 World Steel Bridge Symposium (WSBS) and NASCC: The Steel Conference in Toronto.

The Bridge Alliance is a division of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).

'Economical and Iconic'

The awards reflect a variety of categories covering an array of project types: Major Span (400 or more feet), Long Span (250 to 400 feet), Medium Span (140 to 250 feet), Short Span (140 feet or less), Movable Span, Reconstructed (for major reconstruction, rehabilitation or widening) and Special Purpose (pedestrian, pipeline and other bridges that do not fit the other categories).

Projects that best exemplified Accelerated Bridge Construction and Sustainability were also recognized.

The awards program began in 1928 with recognition of Pittsburgh's landmark Sixth Street Bridge (now, the Roberto Clemente Bridge). More than 300 bridges have received first-place honors in the decades since then.

Dixie Highway Flyover

Florida's Dixie Highway Flyover won in the Medium Span Category. The submitting firms were Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. and V&M Erectors Inc.

"This year's award winners follow the example of the Clemente Bridge as they utilize state-of-the-art design strategies and materials to produce economical and iconic structures which will stand for the next 100 years," said NSBA managing director Bill McEleney.

And the Winners Are...

This year's Prize Bridge Award winners are:

  • Major Span: Shenandoah River Bridge Delta Frame (Jefferson County, WV);
  • Medium Span: Dixie Highway Flyover (Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach, FL);
  • Moveable Span: Willis Avenue Bridge (New York, NY);
  • Reconstructed: Huey P. Long Bridge (New Orleans, LA); and
  • Special Purpose: Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Pedestrian Bridge (Fort Worth, TX).
Willis Avenue Bridge

New York City's Willis Avenue Bridge, submitted by Hardesty & Hanover, topped the Movable Category and was commended for Accelerated Bridge Construction.

This year's Merit Award winners are:

  • Major Span: Sakonnet River Bridge (Tiverton and Portsmouth, RI);
  • Long Span: Iowa Falls Bridge (Iowa Falls, IA);
  • Medium Span: North Halstead Street Tied Arch Bridge (Chicago, IL);
  • Medium Span: Ramp TE over I-95 (New York, NY);
  • Short Span: River Road Over Ironstone Brook (Uxbridge, MA);
  • Short Span: Dodge Creek Bridge (Elkton-Sutherlin Highway - OR138, OR);
  • Reconstructed: Eggner's Ferry Bridge Emergency Replacement (Trigg/Marshall Counties, KY); and
  • Special Purpose: Christina and John Markey Memorial Pedestrian Bridge (Revere, MA).
Huey P. Long Bridge
© Owen Murphy

The $1.2 billion post-Katrina widening of the Huey P.  Long Bridge in New Orleans won the Reconstructed Category. Submission: Louisiana Timed Managers.

The following projects received Accelerated Bridge Construction Commendations:

  • Willis Avenue Bridge (New York, NY);
  • River Road Over Ironstone Brook (Uxbridge, MA);
  • 130th Street and Torrence Avenue Railroad Truss Bridge (Chicago, IL); and
  • Eggner's Ferry Bridge Emergency Replacement (Trigg/Marshall Counties, KY).
Phyllis J. Tilley Bridge
© Alan Karchmer

The Phyllis Tilley Memorial Bridge, a pedestrian bridge in Fort Worth, TX, was honored in the Special Purpose Category. Submitting firm: Rosales & Partners.

The following projects received Sustainability Commendations:

  • Dodge Creek Bridge (Elkton-Sutherlin Highway - OR138, OR);
  • Huey P. Long Bridge (New Orleans, LA); and
  • Keene Road Bridge (Richland, WA).

Judging and Criteria

All structures were opened to traffic between May 1, 2011, and Sept. 30, 2013.

Winning projects were selected based on innovation, aesthetics, and design and engineering solutions by a jury of five engineering and construction professionals from the public and private sectors.

River Road over Ironstone Brook

The River Road over Ironstone Brook in Uxbridge, MA, received a Merit Award in the Short Span Category and was commended for Accelerated Bridge Construction.

"These projects were selected by a jury of the designer's peers and are representative of the ability of structural steel to provide the best solution for the full range of bridge needs deserved," said McEleney.

Photos of this year's winning projects can also be found on AISC's Facebook page in the 2014 Prize Bridge Award Winners photo album.


Tagged categories: American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC); Awards and honors; Bridges; Construction; Steel

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