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PennDOT Receives Two Project-of-the-Year Awards for Girard Int. Bridges

Jun 22, 2016
June 20, 2016 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced that it received two 2015 Project-of-the-Year awards from the Delaware Valley Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers for the replacement of three bridges on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia and for the construction of the new Route 213 (West Maple Avenue) bridge and roundabout in Middletown and Lower Southampton townships, Bucks County.

“We are delighted to receive these two distinguished awards because they recognize the quality of these infrastructure improvements and the tremendous effort that went into their planning, design and eventual construction,” said PennDOT District Executive Kenneth M. McClain.

PennDOT’s $42.9 million project to rebuild 1,200 feet of I-95 south of the Girard Avenue Interchange and replace the interstate bridges over Shackamaxon Street, Marlborough Street and Columbia Avenue won the project award for the $10 million and over category. This infrastructure improvement, one of a series of contracts to rebuild I-95 from Race Street to just south of Allegheny Avenue, included five retaining walls to support embankments, plus sound walls with clear acrylic panels on top, landscaping, storm-water management devices, and LED pedestrian, street and underpass lighting to blend the interstate into the surrounding neighborhood. Construction began in fall 2012 and finished in December 2015. The project was financed with 90 percent federal and 10 percent state funds.

Joining PennDOT in the receipt of this honor were the project designer, AECOM of Conshohocken, Montgomery County, and the contractor, James J. Anderson Construction Company, Inc. of Philadelphia.

PennDOT’s construction of the new Route 213 (West Maple Avenue) bridge over Neshaminy Creek and roundabout at the intersection of Route 213 (West Maple Avenue) and Bridgetown Pike received the project award for the $10 million and under category. In 2014, PennDOT removed the former structurally deficient bridge and replaced it with the new three-span arch structure. The new bridge, which opened last November, is 226 feet long, 31 feet wide, and adorned with aesthetic treatments to resemble the former arch bridge. The transportation improvement plan included the construction of the nearby roundabout to improve travel and safety at this busy intersection near the new bridge. The roundabout opened in June 2015. The $7.8 million project was financed with 100 percent state funds from Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation plan.

Also recognized for the Route 213 (West Maple Avenue) improvements were the project designer, Michael Baker International, Inc. of Horsham, Montgomery County, and the contractor, Buckley and Company, Inc. of Philadelphia.

The American Society of Highway Engineers is an organization that provides a forum for members and partners of the highway industry to promote a safe, efficient and sustainable highway system through education, innovation and fellowship.