Three HDR Projects Earn American Segmental Bridge Institute Awards of Excellence

HDR team members at the site of the Bayonne Bridge.

Every two years, the American Segmental Bridge Institute recognizes bridge projects for excellence in segmental bridge design and construction. This year, three HDR projects were honored: the Marc Basnight Bridge (Bonner Bridge Replacement) in North Carolina, the St. Croix River Crossing in Minnesota and the Bayonne Bridge in New York/New Jersey. The awards were presented at the ASBI Annual Convention on Nov. 5 in Orlando, Florida.

“It is an honor to see the hard work of our teams recognized,” said HDR Bridges & Structures Director Manuel Carballo. “These awards speak to our teams’ technical innovation, dedication to the practice and fearlessness when faced with unique design challenges.”

The latest honors for these projects add to a number of previous awards bestowed by industry organizations, including the American Council of Engineering Companies, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, American Society of Highway Engineers and American Public Works Association, among others. The Bayonne Bridge in particular was named the nation’s best overall engineering project in 2018 by ACEC.

More About the Projects

Built in one of the most challenging marine environments on the East Coast, the Basnight Bridge was designed with a 100-year lifespan to provide better, more reliable access to residents on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. HDR worked with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and builder PCL Construction on the bridge.

The 3,365-foot St. Croix River Crossing connects the Twin Cities area and Wisconsin with a unique part-cable-stay and part-box-girder design. We partnered with COWI to design the structure, developed in collaboration with the Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation.

Serving as the lead designer in a design joint venture with WSP USA on the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Project, we partnered with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to raise the clearance under the bridge to 215 feet within the existing arch span, a never-before-attempted solution to allow the passage of taller modern freighters.