WJE Project Wins 2016 Prize Bridge Award

April 18, 2016
The 606 Milwaukee Avenue Bridge in Chicago was recently awarded a 2016 Prize Bridge Award in the Special Purpose Category by the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA). WJE served as the erection engineer for the bridge, working with Walsh Construction and Collins Engineering, the designer of record, to devise an innovative methodology to erect the structure off-site and move it to the final position.

Conducted every other year by the NSBA, the Prize Bridge Awards honor significant and innovative steel bridges constructed in the Unites States. Recognizing innovative design and engineering, the award is the highest honor bestowed on bridge projects by the U.S. structural steel industry. The winning bridges and their project team members were recognized at the 2016 NASCC: The Steel Conference/World Steel Bridge Symposium in Orlando, Florida.

“The intent of this project was to re-purpose an abandoned four-span railroad bridge into a single span tied arch bridge (using the original girders as the final tension tie and erecting the arch and cables over the top of it),” explained WJE project manager and senior associate Scott Graham. “It is now used as a bridge to span over Milwaukee Avenue as part of an elevated walking, running, biking path through the neighborhoods of Chicago.”

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