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U.S. Bridge Wins Award of Merit at ENR Southeast Best Project Award 2018

The Engineering News-Record (ENR) provides news on engineering and construction for professionals in the construction industry. Each year they hold a competition that honors the regional best construction projects in the Southeast. This includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. With over ten different categories, the competition selects their winners and honorees based on the design and execution of each project. And last year, U.S. Bridge submitted the #WeHeartPR project for the Liberty Bridges provided to communities affected by Hurricane Maria.

ENR Award of Merit: #WeHeartPR

After the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, U.S. Bridge built 5 Liberty Bridges in affected communities throughout Puerto Rico. U.S. Bridge manufactured and completed installation of the bridges within a six-week period.

The Liberty Bridge was the top choice because its quick assembly makes it ideal for emergencies, and it can be a permanent structure. To build the bridges, more than 850 metric tons of steel were used to create more than 950 ft of bridge. Additionally, the team worked around the clock over the holiday season to accomplish the task. The result was 5 Liberty Bridges in the following areas:

  • Utuado
  • San Lorenzo, Morovis
  • Moca
  • Juana Diaz
  • Coamo

These Liberty Bridges were specifically built to ensure durability and longevity.  

ENR Southeast Best Project Award 2018

U.S. Bridge’s Award of Merit was in the Highway/Bridge category. It is an honor to be selected as a Best Project winner. This project in Puerto Rico was an important one. It not only allowed U.S. Bridge to engineer and manufacture long lasting steel bridges, but also help those communities get back to normal.

The #WeHeartPR project was highlighted in the October 29th Best Projects issue of ENR Southeast. Then, it was celebrated at the Best Projects Awards luncheon November 1st at the Renaissance Orlando at Sea World.

ENR Award
U.S. Bridge Scores 2018 Special Bridge Award For Technological Advancement

Known for its sustainable bridge designs, U.S. Bridge has completed an array of bridge projects all across the U.S. We pride in our meticulous attention to detail. That focus, coupled with our commitment to customer service, have kept us in business for more than 80 years–and helped us win numerous awards and honors. This year, U.S. Bridge was proud to take home the 2018 Special Bridge Award by National Steel Bridge Alliance.

Honoring Technological Advancement in Bridge Building

A division of the American Institute of Steel Construction, the National Steel Bridge Alliance honors top-tier construction companies each year as part of the Prize Bridge Competition, a prestigious industry awards program. In 2018, the organization bestowed the distinguished title of “Special Award Winner—Technological Advancement” on U.S. Bridge for its work on a folded steel plate girder bridge in Muskingum County, Ohio.

For this state-of-the-art project, U.S. Bridge created a lightweight, durable short-span bridge utilizing steel tub girders and the SPS Deck system. The bridge was assembled in just 26 days, saving Muskingum County residents from a prolonged and inconvenient road closure. The speedy construction was due in part to the fact that the modular structure was fabricated off-site. Additionally, the lack of horizontal surface means that the bridge is less likely to flood. Experts estimate that the bridge will last 100 years.

“Using innovative construction practices to beat out conventional construction methods goes to show that engineers shouldn’t accept the status quo,” said competition judge Frank Russo, PE, Ph.D., of Michael Baker International.

The 2018 Special Bridge Award by National Steel Bridge Alliance recognized U.S. Bridge for its outstanding use of structural steel. U.S. Bridge accepted the honor at a special ceremony in Baltimore.

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