Oregon Bridge Delivery Program, Colton Crossing Flyover among 11 HDR Projects Recognized for Engineering Excellence

(April 30, 2014) - The American Council of Engineering Companies presented awards recognizing the engineering excellence of 11 HDR projects.

The Oregon Transportation Investment Act III State Bridge Delivery Program captured one of just eight Grand Awards out of the 143 projects submitted worldwide. Oregon Bridge Delivery Partners, a joint venture of HDR and Fluor Corp. that managed the program, received the honor at ACEC's Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. As the project owner, the Oregon Department of Transportation also was recognized. The $1.3 billion OTIA III bridge program included nearly 90 major projects and repair or replacement of 271 of Oregon's aging bridges. It demonstrated how innovative program management can provide a high return on investment for such massive projects without sacrificing the needs of local communities, the traveling public or the environment.

The HDR/Fluor team's plan saved ODOT more than $2 billion in costs avoided. Additionally, a traffic management strategy saved the traveling public more than $210 million in delays avoided throughout the program.

HDR's Colton Crossing Flyover project received one of 16 Honor Awards. With an innovative design and cost- and time-saving approach to relieve "the oldest bottleneck in U.S. history," the Colton Crossing Flyover will bring economic growth through improved efficiency for the two largest U.S. freight railroads, with additional benefits of improved air quality and reduced noise.

The project eliminated a major rail bottleneck at one of the country's busiest at-grade rail-to-rail intersections. The team delivered the project more than $100 million under budget in just 24 months, eight months ahead of schedule.

Other HDR projects receiving National Recognition Awards included:

  • Bakken Area Program Management for Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative, N.D.
  • Cordes Junction Traffic Interchange (I-17/SR 69), Prescott, Ariz.
  • Grand Avenue Viaduct Replacement, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Emergency Stabilization of the Rockaway Line for NYCT, New York, N.Y.
  • Helicopter Data Collection for Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Powerlines, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming
  • Lake Kampeska Phosphorous Removal Project, Watertown, S.D.
  • President George Bush Turnpike – Western Extension, Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Rio Dell Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade, Rio Dell, Calif.
  • Shenandoah River Bridge, Jefferson County, W.Va.

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