Indian River Inlet bridge named one of 2012's best construction projects

March 14, 2013
The Charles W. Cullen Bridge won a national award as one of the best construction projects of 2012. BY NICK ROTH

The Indian River Inlet bridge was one of the most significant construction projects of 2012, the Associated General Contractors of America announced recently. As a result, the project’s contractor, Virginia Beach, Va.-based Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc., was one of 17 firms to receive the association’s Alliant Build America Award.

“These projects are shining examples of the construction industry at its finest, demonstrating tremendous skill, hard work and steadfast determination,” said Joseph H. Jarboe, the association’s president and senior vice president of Bethesda, Md.-based Clark Construction Group. “The winners are setting the standard by which all construction projects should be judged.”

This new three-span cable-stayed bridge spans the Indian River Inlet in Delaware. The cable-stayed superstructure consists of cast-in-place concrete edge girders, and the approach spans are 106 feet long. By constructing the back spans concurrently, the team saved time on the overall schedule, despite drastic weather events, including Hurricane Irene and an earthquake. Since bridge construction limited access to the beach, Skanska took special safety precautions while establishing paths to the beach for visitors and residents.

The Alliant Build America Awards recognize the nation’s most significant construction projects. A panel of judges, representing all areas of construction, evaluated an impressive number of submissions this year, assessing each project’s complexity, use of innovative construction techniques and client satisfaction, among other criteria. The awards, which were announced during the association’s annual convention in Palm Springs, are considered by many to be the most prestigious recognition of construction accomplishments in the United States.


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