November 21st, 2011
COLORADO RIVER BRIDGEOptimize Mobility, Preserve Infrastructure, Strengthen the Economy, by Catherine Higgins.
A UDOT bridge project has been nominated for an Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award.
The OCEAA honors projects that integrate successfully into the local environment, use innovative design and engineering methods, and contribute to stakeholder quality of life. UDOT’s US-191 Bridge over the Colorado River in Moab, Utah is a good example of how the transportation elements of the OCEAA can be made manifest on a sensitive environmental landscape.
Balanced cantilever construction, used for the first time in Utah, made a smaller footprint in the environmentally sensitive area. The arch design and facing materials echo the surrounding red rock landscape. A pedestrian bridge east of the bridge was improved to provide better mobility for walkers and cyclists.
The award winner will be announced March 22 during ASCE’s annual Outstanding Projects and Leaders Awards Gala in Washington.
The project team:
- UDOT, project owner
- Figg Engineering of Denver Colorado, design and construction management and inspection services
- Wadsworth Brothers Construction, prime contractor
For more about this bridge, read a past blog post with a video that explains the balanced cantilever construction method.