National Steel Bridge Alliance

Prize Bridge Awards


The art of designing and building beautiful, efficient, economical, and sustainable steel bridges has been practiced for more than a century. The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) launched its Prize Bridge Competition in 1928 as a way to showcase the beauty of steel bridges.

Since the Sixth Street Bridge won the first competition in 1928, more than 300 bridges have won first place in a variety of categories, and many more have received a merit or honorable mention award for finishing as runner up. Overall, this competition has recognized more than 600 bridges of all sizes from all across the United States.

Today's competition recognizes bridges on a biennial basis, with winners receiving recognition during the North American Steel Construction Conference/World Steel Bridge Symposium. Keeping with tradition, bridges are eligible for the competition based on the date they first opened to traffic.

Congratulations to the 2022 Prize Bridge Award winners!

The American Institute of Steel Construction and the National Steel Bridge Alliance are proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Prize Bridge Awards.

"These projects demonstrate the creativity and skill of the structural steel design and construction industry, " said AISC President Charles J. Carter, SE, PE, PhD. "This is our opportunity to celebrate the achievements of these project teams."

A team of four nationally recognized experts in bridge design and construction served as this year's jury:

  • Domenic Coletti, PE, principal bridge engineer, HDR Inc.
  • Jamie Farris, PE, bridge division deputy director, Texas Department of Transportation
  • Finn Hubbard, PE, vice president, Fickett Structural Solutions, Inc.
  • Natalie McCombs, PE, SE senior bridge technical advisor, HNTB

These dedicated judges considered every entry's merits in terms of innovation, economics, aesthetics, design, and engineering solutions.

Major span

  • National: I-74 Mississippi River Bridge - Westbound Span (Bettendorf, Iowa and Moline, Ill.) - submitted by Modjeski and Masters

Medium span

  • National: I-91 Interchange 29 Exit Ramp Flyover Bridge (Hartford, Conn.) - submitted by CHA Consulting
  • Merit: Arlington Memorial Bridge (Washington, D.C. and Arlington County, Va.) - submitted by High Steel Structures

Short span

  • National: Metro-North Railroad Bridge over Atlantic Street (Stamford, Conn.) - submitted by Atane Consulting


  • National: Baker's Haulover Cut Bridge Rehabilitation (Bal Harbour, Fla.) - submitted by TranSystems
  • Merit: Hernando de Soto Bridge (Memphis, Tenn. and West Memphis, Ark.) - submitted by Michael Baker International

Special purpose

  •  National: Green Street Pedestrian Bridge (Winston-Salem, N.C.) - submitted by HDR Inc.
  • Merit: Dublin Link Pedestrian Bridge (Dublin, Ohio) - submitted by Endrestudio and Kokosing Construction Co.

New this year is the Bridge of the Year Competition. The 2022 World Steel Bridge Symposium in Denver (March 23-25) will open with live presentations from the teams behind three finalists selected by our judges. Presenters will outline what makes their bridges so noteworthy, and the winner will be announced at the conference. The three finalists are:

Judges weighed each project's use of structural steel from both an architectural and structural engineering perspective, with an emphasis on creative solutions to the project's program requirements; applications of innovative design approaches in areas such as connections, gravity systems, lateral load resisting systems, fire and/or blast protection; aesthetic and visual impact of the project; innovative use of architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS); technical or architectural advances in the use of the steel; and/or the use of innovative design and construction methods. The Prize Bridge Award program also recognizes the importance of teamwork, coordination, and collaboration in fostering successful projects.

New for 2022: Bridge of the Year

Congratulations to the folks behind the  I-91 Interchange 29 Exit Ramp Flyover Bridge in Hartford, Conn., which won the inaugural NSBA Bridge of the Year Award!

Check out the 2020 Prize Bridge Award winners! 



  • I-91 Interchange 29 Exit Ramp Flyover Bridge (medium span)
  • Metro-North Railroad Bridge over Atlantic Street (short span)
  • Green Street Pedestrian Bridge (special purpose)