2016 Prize Bridge Competition Entries Due December 14

Collage of the 2014 Prize Bridge award winners

There’s only a few weeks left to enter your steel bridge projects in the 2016 Prize Bridge Competition!

The competition, held every other year by the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA), honors the most outstanding and innovative steel bridges constructed in the U.S. The winners will be announced at the 2016 World Steel Bridge Symposium (WSBS), which will be co-located with NASCC: The Steel Conference in Orlando, Fla., April 13-15 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center.

Winners will be selected to receive either a Prize Bridge Award or a Merit Award in various categories; all of the award-winning bridges will be featured in the June issue of Modern Steel. In addition, designers of the winning projects will be presented with plaques and recognized during the 2016 WSBS in Orlando, and owners of the winning projects will be presented with plaques and honored at a banquet dinner during the 2016 AASHTO Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures, June 26-30 in Minneapolis.

To qualify for the competition, all bridges must be constructed of structural steel and located in the U.S. (defined as the 50 states, the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories). Eligible structures are required to have been completed and opened to traffic between May 1, 2013 and September 30, 2015. An independent panel of industry professionals will judge entries on the following criteria: innovation, aesthetics, design and engineering solutions.

The award categories are:

  • Major Span: One or more spans greater than or equal to 400 ft
  • Long Span: Longest span equal to or greater than 250 ft but less than 400 ft
  • Medium Span: Longest span equal to or greater than 140 ft but less than 250 ft
  • Short Span: No single span greater than 140 ft
  • Movable Span
  • Reconstructed: Having undergone major reconstruction, rehabilitation, or widening

In addition, NSBA will offer special recognition to one project that best exemplifies Accelerated Bridge Construction and one project that best exemplifies a full range of sustainable attributes.

For more about the competition and to enter your steel bridge project, please visit Entries are due by December 14.