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Innovative Steel Bridges Earn National Awards

May 2, 2012 from National Steel Bridge Alliance

(Chicago, IL) – Eighteen steel bridges have earned national recognition in the 2012 Prize Bridge Awards Competition. Conducted by the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA), the program honors outstanding and innovative steel bridges constructed in the U.S. This year’s winning bridges were recognized on April 18 during the combined 2012 World Steel Bridge Symposium (WSBS) and NASCC: The Steel Conference in Dallas.

The awards were presented to winners in a variety of categories including: major span; long span; medium span; short span; movable span; reconstructed; special purpose; accelerated bridge construction; and sustainability.

This year’s Prize Bridge Award winners are:

  • Major Span: Main Street Bridge, Columbus, Ohio
  • Long Span: Nooksack River Bridge, Whatcom County, Wash.
  • Short Span: South Layton Interchange SPUI at I-15 and Layton Parkway, Layton, Utah
  • Movable Span: BSNF Railway Burlington Bridge, Burlington, Iowa
  • Reconstructed: I-93 FAST 14 – Salem Street Interchange, Medford, Mass.
  • Special Purpose: Tempe Town Lake Pedestrian Bridge, Tempe, Ariz.

This year’s Merit Award winners are:

  • Major Span: kdICON Project – Christopher S. Bond Bridge, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Major Span: John James Audubon Bridge, St. Francisville, La.
  • Long Span: Estero Parkway, Estero, Fla.
  • Medium Span: S.R. 0113, Section 08B, Gay Street Bridge Replacement Project, Phoenixville, Pa.
  • Short Span: Lynch Village Bridge, Lynch Village, Penn.
  • Reconstructed: Bridge of Lions Historic Rehabilitation, St. Augustine, Fla.
  • Special Purpose: Hillhouse Pedestrian Bridges, New Haven, Conn.
  • Special Purpose: Pedestrian Bridge at the Yards Waterfront Park, Washington, D.C.

The following projects received Accelerated Bridge Construction Commendations:

  • San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge – East Tie-In Structure, San Francisco
  • Sam White Bridge, American Fork, Utah
  • I-93 FAST 14 – Salem Street Interchange, Medford, Mass.

The following project received a Sustainability Commendation:

  • Silverdale Bridge, Stillwater, Minn.

Winning bridge projects were selected based on innovation, aesthetics, and design and engineering solutions by a jury of six bridge professionals: Benjamin Beerman, P.E., senior structural engineer, FHWA Resource Center, Atlanta; Robert Healy, P.E., director of structures, RK&K, Baltimore; David Hohmann, P.E., senior project manager, HDR Engineering, Austin, Texas; Ray McCabe, P.E., senior vice president, HNTB Corporation, New York; Hormoz Seradj, P.E., steel bridge standards engineer, Oregon DOT; Doug Waltemath, project manager, Harrington & Cortelyou, Kansas City, Mo.

The 2012 Prize Bridge Awards program attracted nearly 70 entries, covering a variety of structure types and construction methods. All structures were opened to traffic between May 1, 2009 and September 30, 2011.

The competition began in 1928 with first place awarded to the Sixth Street Bridge in Pittsburgh. Since then, more than 300 bridges have won first place in a variety of categories. In the past, the Prize Bridge Competition was held every year until 1977. Since then, the competition has been held every other year with the winners being announced at NSBA’s World Steel Bridge Symposium.

For more information about the Prize Bridge Awards Competition, visit www.steelbridges.org/prizebridge. To request high-resolution photos, please contact Tasha Weiss at AISC, [email protected], 312.670.5439. This year's Prize Bridge winners will also be featured in the June 2012 issue of Modern Steel Construction magazine.


For more information contact:

Tasha Weiss
Communications Department
(312) 670-5439
[email protected]




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