NSBA News 

April 2014

This month’s newsletter includes information about:

    • 2014 NSBA Prize Bridge Award Winners Announced
    • Bill McEleney Promoted to NSBA Managing Director
    • Move that Steel Bridge! Watch the Biggest Bridge Slide Ever
    • Steel Bridge Experts Receive Distinguished AISC Achievement Awards
    • Update on Support of the Highway Trust Fund
    • In This Month's Issue of Modern Steel Construction
    • Registration Open for 2014 International Bridge Conference in Pittsburgh



2014 NSBA Prize Bridge Award Winners Announced

Thirteen amazing steel bridge projects have earned national recognition in the 2014 Prize Bridge Awards Competition. Conducted every other year by NSBA, the Prize Bride Awards recognize innovative design and engineering achievements on structural steel bridge projects throughout the country and is the highest honor bestowed on steel bridge projects by the U.S. structural steel industry. The winning bridges and their project team members were recognized on March 26 during the combined 2014 World Steel Bridge Symposium (WSBS) and NASCC: The Steel Conference in Toronto.

The awards were presented to winners in a variety of categories covering an array of project types including: Major Span; Long Span; Medium Span; Short Span; Moveable Span; Reconstructed; and Special Purpose. Recognition was also given to projects that best exemplified Accelerated Bridge Construction and Sustainability.

This year’s Prize Bridge Award winners are:

Shenandoah River Bridge
Major Span: Shenandoah River Bridge Delta Frame, Jefferson County, W.Va.
Photo: Keith Philpott

Dixie Hwy Flyover 
Medium Span: Dixie Highway Flyover, Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Photo: Courtesy of Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

Willis Ave Bridge
Moveable Span: Willis Avenue Bridge, New York, N.Y.
Photo: Hardesty & Hanover

Huey P Long Bridge
Reconstructed: Huey P. Long Bridge, New Orleans
Photo: Owen Murphy

Phyllis Tilley Ped Bridge
Special Purpose: Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Pedestrian Bridge, Fort Worth, Texas
Photo: Alan Karchmer

This year’s Merit Award winners are:

  • Major Span: Sakonnet River Bridge, Tiverton and Portsmouth, R.I.
  • Long Span: Iowa Falls Bridge, Iowa Falls, Iowa
  • Medium Span: North Halstead Street Tied Arch Bridge, Chicago
  • Medium Span: Ramp TE over I-95, New York, N.Y.
  • Short Span: River Road Over Ironstone Brook, Uxbridge, Mass.
  • Short Span: Dodge Creek Bridge, Elkton-Sutherlin Highway (OR138), Ore.
  • Reconstructed: Eggner’s Ferry Bridge Emergency Replacement, Trigg/Marshall Counties, Ky.
  • Special Purpose: Christina and John Markey Memorial Pedestrian Bridge, Revere, Mass.

The following projects received Accelerated Bridge Construction Commendations:

  • Moveable Span: Willis Avenue Bridge, New York, N.Y.
  • Short Span: River Road Over Ironstone Brook, Uxbridge, Mass.
  • Long Span: 130th Street and Torrence Avenue Railroad Truss Bridge, Chicago
  • Reconstructed: Eggner’s Ferry Bridge Emergency Replacement, Trigg/Marshall Counties, Ky.

The following projects received Sustainability Commendations:







  •  Short Span: Dodge Creek Bridge, Elkton-Southerlin Highway (OR138), Ore.
  • Reconstructed: Huey P. Long Bridge, New Orleans
  • Reconstructed: Keene Road Bridge, Richland, Wash.

“The Prize Bridge Awards program was initiated in 1928 with the Sixth Street Bridge in Pittsburgh - now named the Roberto Clemente Bridge - which is still a landmark in the city's downtown area,” commented Bill McEleney, managing director of NSBA. “This year’s award winners follow the example of the Clemente Bridge as they utilize state-of-the-art design strategies and materials to produce economical and iconic structures which will stand for the next 100 years. These projects were selected by a jury of the designers' peers and are representative of the ability of structural steel to provide the best solution for the full range of bridge needs.”

Winning projects were selected based on innovation, aesthetics, and design and engineering solutions by a jury of five engineering and construction professionals: Benjamin Beerman, senior structural engineer, FHWA Resource Center; Thomas R. Cooper, P.E., P.Eng., lead structural engineer, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Robert Healy, director of structures, RK&K; Thomas P. Macioce, P.E., division chief, bridge design and technology division, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation; Bert Parker, senior vice president/chief administrative officer, Garver Engineers.

The structures were opened to traffic between May 1, 2011 and September 30, 2013.

All of this year’s award-winning bridges will be featured in the June issue of MSC. Photos of this year's winning projects can also be found on AISC's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AISCdotORG) in the 2014 Prize Bridge Award Winners photo album.

            For more information about the Prize Bridge Awards Competition, visit www.steelbridges.org/prizebridge.

Bill McEleney Promoted to NSBA Managing Director

Bill McEleney, a respected marketing engineer with nearly two decades of experience in the steel bridge community, has been promoted to Managing Director of the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA), a division of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). McEleney has worked as a Director and Regional Director with NSBA since 1997 and prior to that spent 10 years as a Regional Engineer with AISC’s Market Development Department.

“Bill has long been respected as the voice for steel bridges in the bridge design and construction communities and brings his extensive experience and knowledge to lead our steel bridge market development and technical initiatives,” said Roger Ferch, NSBA executive director and AISC’s president. “His leadership and vision will have a great impact on the growth of NSBA and collaboration with our members and industry partners on the development, promotion and construction of cost-effective steel bridges in the U.S.”

McEleney was intimately involved in the development of the AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration and currently serves on its Steering Committee. A joint effort between AASHTO and NSBA, with representation from state DOTs, FHWA, academia and the various industries related to steel bridge design, fabrication and inspection, the Collaboration provides a forum where public and private professionals can work together to improve the quality and value of steel bridges. McEleney also served as a member of the ASCE Steel Connections Committee and the AREMA Steel Bridges Committee 15.

“NSBA is looking forward to building on the foundation established since its inception in 1996,” said McEleney. “We expect to expand the scope of our fundamental technical activities while increasing our direct interaction with members of the bridge design and development community, as well as the general public and their elected representatives.”

To learn more about NSBA, visit www.steelbridges.org. You can also follow NSBA on Twitter @SteelBridges.


Move that Steel Bridge! Watch the Biggest Bridge Slide Ever

The largest bridge slide ever was completed last week at site of the Milton-Madison Bridge over the Ohio River between Milton, Ky., and Madison, Ind., when the new bridge made its 55-ft journey from temporary piers to permanent, refurbished piers. Spanning nearly a half mile, the truss of the Milton-Madison Bridge is now the longest bridge in North America to be slid laterally into place.

Click here to view a time-lapse video of slide.

Milton Madison Bridge

“It’s great to see the bridge completed and sitting in its permanent location,” said Dav Kessinger, project manager for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “This bridge will serve the area well for decades to come.”

“This is truly a historic accomplishment for everyone involved,” added Kevin Hetrick, project manager for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). “The people of Indiana and Kentucky should be proud to be a part of this amazing engineering feat.”

Polished steel sliding plates were secured on top of the refurbished piers. Steel cables and eight computer-controlled hydraulic jacks were used to pull the bridge through a series of grabs and pulls until the bridge was slid into place. The 30-million-lb new steel truss bridge is 2,428-ft long and 40-ft wide with two 12-ft lanes and 8-ft shoulders – twice as wide as the old bridge, which opened in 1929. A 5-ft-wide cantilevered sidewalk will be added to the structure in the coming months.

Now that the slide is complete, it will take approximately a week to complete inspections, road connections to the bridge and other work before the bridge is reopened to traffic.

The Milton-Madison Bridge Project – a joint effort between the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet – has received several state and national engineering awards for innovation. The project is a great example of steel facilitating accelerated bridge construction (ABC) to minimize traffic disruptions. The lateral slide technique reduced the bridge closure time from a year to a matter of weeks.

For more information, visit MiltonMadisonBridge.com or follow the project on Twitter.

The article “Move That Bridge” in the February 2012 issue of MSC also describes the project in detail and explains how the decision to use the innovative sliding technique stemmed from the system’s success on the Capilano River Bridge project in Vancouver, Canada.

Steel Bridge Experts Receive Distinguished AISC Achievement Awards

Five steel bridge experts recently received distinguished achievement awards from AISC for their exceptional contributions to the advancement of the structural steel design and construction industry. These deserving individuals are honored for making a difference in the fabricated structural steel industry’s success and were recognized on March 26 during the combined World Steel Bridge Symposium (WSBS) and NASCC: The Steel Conference.

The following bridge experts received an AISC Lifetime Achievement Award, which gives special recognition to individuals who have provided outstanding service over a sustained period of years to AISC and the structural steel design/construction/academic community:

Eric S. Kline, PCS, executive vice president at KTA-Tator, for his contributions to advancing the state of coatings technology for the structural steel industry. Kline is well-regarded as one of the leading experts on coatings and was involved in the development and implementation of the original paint endorsement for AISC’s Certification Program. He has worked on coating issues for NSBA, helped complete AISC’s edge grinding study and continues to work with the AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration.

Charles W. Roeder, P.E., professor at the University of Washington. He has dedicated the majority of his university career to the structural steel industry through his research, teaching and service to AISC. He has been at the forefront of developing engineering design and analysis methods for numerous structural steel systems for both buildings and bridges, and has established an international reputation as an outstanding researcher and lecturer in structural steel design. His contributions to seismic engineering of structural steel systems, including moment resistant frames, concentrically and eccentrically braced frames and older steel structures, have changed structural design practice. Roeder has also been dedicated to professional service throughout his career. He is a member of AISC Committee 358, a corresponding member of AISC Task Committee, TC-9, a past member and chair of the TRB Committee on Steel Bridges, and has generously provided technical and practical advice to AISC for many years. He was also the 2011 recipient of AISC’s prestigious T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award for his paper on Gusset Plate Connections for Seismic Design.

The following bridge experts received an AISC Special Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated notable achievements in structural steel design, construction, research or education:

Michael Culmo, P.E., vice president of structures and transportation at CME Associates, Inc., for his championing of accelerated bridge construction in steel in many U.S. states.

Christopher Higgins, Ph.D., P.E., professor at Oregon State University, for his work on developing software imaging tools for use in the inspection of steel bridge gusset plates.

William Wood, Dr. Eng., professor at Portland State University, for his work on narrow gap electro-slag welding and for providing technical support for the AWS D1.5 provisions on this subject.

To view all of this year’s winners, see AISC’s press release.


Update on Support of the Highway Trust Fund

There is renewed enthusiasm in Washington concerning the Highway Bill and the Highway Trust Fund. Congressman Earl Blumenauer has sponsored a bill calling for the user fee for gasoline to be increased a total of 15 cents per gallon spread over three years. NSBA, along with a large number of diverse interest groups, have sent letters of support for this bill.

Click here to view NSBA’s letter.

In discussion of the House budget proposal, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said that "maintaining the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and the policy of the trust fund being user-fee supported is a priority. With the Highway Trust Fund facing insolvency in late 2014 or early 2015, efforts need to be made to find a long-term solution to the trust fund's financial challenges." While he went on to propose very limited federal spending on infrastructure and to open the door to piloting devolution to the states, this is a welcome shift in absolute opposition to any form of new revenue.

Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee and is the top Senate transportation appropriator, also warns of the Highway Trust Fund construction shutdown and stated "If Congress doesn't act, we are headed toward another crisis in just a few months. Not a budget crisis this time - but a construction shutdown that could ramp up when the Highway Trust Fund reaches critically low levels, and get worse and worse if we don't solve the problem."

The renewed level of discussion is encouraging. Nonetheless, we must be sure our Representatives and Senators understand that our industry and livelihood are at risk. The Highway Bill must be renewed at higher levels that will not only support current construction, but also allow our country to improve infrastructure in support of economic growth and job creation. Congress is in session today and then goes on recess through the Easter break. Environment and Public Works Committee Chair, Senator Barbara Boxer has announced that committee staff will be working on a draft bill during the two-week recess with plans for marking up a Senate bill before Memorial Day.

This is the ideal time to take action by calling or visiting with your Representatives and Senators to impress upon them the urgency to act responsibly in renewing a fully funded Highway Bill.

Contact your Senators and Representatives today! The Action hotline number is 888.448.2782 or click here to take action online.

In This Month's Issue of Modern Steel Construction

Up and at ‘em
By Jeff Newman, P.E., and Geoff Forest, P.E.
A lift bridge rehabilitation project takes place with the lift span in the raised position. And while the bridge was held high, construction time stayed low.

On Shaky Ground
By Samir Sidhom, P.E., and Jeff Berg, P.E.
A new bridge provides an environmentally integrated and seismically safe crossing over one of the many waterways in America’s first national park.

A New Way to Connect
By Theodore P. Zoli, P.E., and Steve Delgrosso, P.E.
An innovative steel truss strategy delivers a bi-state vertical lift bridge in just 18 months.


Registration Open for 2014 International Bridge Conference in Pittsburgh

Registration is now open for the 2014 International Bridge Conference, which will be held in Pittsburgh, June 8-12 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.  

The event is the preeminent arena for the bridge industry in North America, Europe and Asia. Sponsored by the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania, the IBC annually attracts more than 1,500 bridge owners and engineers, senior policy makers, government officials, bridge designers, construction executives, and suppliers from throughout the U.S. and abroad.

NSBA is exhibiting at the conference, so be sure to visit our booth (#521)!

For more information about the conference and to register, visit www.eswp.com/bridge.




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