The I-676 Bridges Replacement Project in Philadelphia. PennDOT photo.
More than 30 ARTBA members have contributed to at least 10 of the 12 project finalists in the America’s Transportation Awards. Newsline is highlighting these members in mini project profiles, below, and our Sept. 13 issue. Each project title is linked to the awards’ website and, when possible, to the project pages of ARTBA members. If we’ve missed a member, please contact ARTBA Editorial Director Mark Holan and we will update the online story. Also, we will publish a feature about these members and projects in the September/October issue of Transportation Builder magazine.
Maryland Department of Transportation – Dover Bridge Project
The Depression-era Dover Bridge had 12-foot-wide lanes, no shoulders, and other safety concerns. At times, mechanical failures closed the swing-span bridge to traffic, which caused delays and hindered emergency responders’ access to the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. The new $65.4 million structure built by ARTBA member McLean Contracting, Inc. has two 12-foot-wide lanes and two 8-foot-wide shoulders. The 50-foot-high, fixed-span allows marine vessels to use the river without stopping bridge traffic. Maryland officials have praised McLean for closely coordinating with local emergency responders, subcontractors, and county agencies to minimize community impact. — John Schneidawind
Texas Department of Transportation – U.S. 290 Reconstruction from I-610 to Beltway 8
U.S. 290 from Interstate 610 to Beltway 8 is a major Houston highway. This $1.7 billion project reconstructed 11.5 miles of roadway, created bike paths, trails, and sidewalks, and improved safety. Seven ARTBA firms had major roles: HNTB, program management consultant; Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., RS&H, Inc., CDM Smith, Inc., and Jacobs Engineering Group, design consultants; and Williams Brothers Construction Company, Inc., and Webber, LLC, contractors. These firms covered a wide range of planning, design, management and construction activity, included federal project requirements, public outreach, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocations and construction inspection, bridge building, retaining, paving, storm sewer, and demolition work. — Mark Holan
Florida Department of Transportation – SunRail Southern Expansion
Central Florida’s commuter SunRail service began in 2014 on a 32-mile system connecting 12 stations. The $200 million Southern Expansion opened in July 2018 added another 18 miles and four stations. ARTBA members Herzog and Middlesex Corp. were the design-build joint venture responsible for the final design, engineering, construction, testing, and commissioning. Major project elements included the construction of the track and stations, three bridges, parking lots, and a vehicle storage and maintenance building. The expansion created jobs, improved transportation options, and boosted other development to the region. An aggressive public outreach campaign has helped increase ridership by 82 percent. – Eileen Houlihan
Missouri and Illinois Departments of Transportation – Improvements for Downtown City of St. Louis
The neighboring DOTs cooperated in the $801 million design and construction of the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge across the Mississippi River and interchange connection to I-70 in downtown St. Louis. Local roads on both sides of the river also were improved to speed travel times, increase traffic capacity, reduce crashes, and enhance economic development. Seven ARTBA members participated, including HNTB, which designed the bridge, and AECOM, which designed the interchange. Massman Construction and Traylor Brothers formed a joint venture to construct the main bridge span of the Mississippi River Bridge. Keeley & Sons, Fred Weber Inc., and Halverson Construction built the approach and other project segments. — John Schneidawind
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation — PennDOT Connects
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is striving for better collaborative planning with the communities impacted by its work. One example is the $65 million I-676 Bridges Project in Philadelphia, completed in 2018. It replaced seven bridges in poor condition, while boosting pedestrian and driver safety. Four ARTBA members had major roles in the work: Pennoni Associates, design engineering; AECOM, design management; Urban Engineers, construction management; and Buckley and Company, Inc., general contractor. The construction accommodated the 2015 Papal Visit, 2017 NFL Draft, and the city’s annual July 4 fireworks. — Mark Holan
More projects in next week’s Washington Newsline.