Albany's new bridge wins national award

Albany's new bridge wins national award

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The City of Albany Engineering Department says the Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge has won as the Georgia Chapter Transportation Project of the Year award from the American Public Works Association (APWA).

The award will be presented at the Annual Meeting in July, at Sea Palms, on St. Simons Island.

The bridge received Honorable Mention by the American Council of Engineering Companies, and its designer, Heath and Lineback Engineering, received the People's Choice Award for the bridge design.

The new bridge replaced the original, built in 1920, after diving inspections revealed significant scour under the spread footing bridge foundations. The old bridge had to be demolished. Though that structure did withstand the historic floods of 1994 and 1998.

"Not only has it been great for the community. It's a beautiful structure.I know there was a lot of concern about the old bridge going or whatever. But I think what we have ended up with is certainly an asset," Wes Smith, with the City of Albany.

The main span of 320 feet is the longest concrete girder bridge span in Georgia, and this was the first application in Georgia for the segmental balanced cantilever construction method. The bridge is founded on soft Dougherty Plain limestone, and deep foundations with 78" diameter drilled shafts.

The city says its citizens wanted an aesthetic structure that preserved the park and river views, and recalled Albany's history of crossing the Flint River.
The new design respects the cultural and aesthetic elements of its setting. The long span improves the views and serves as an elegant backdrop for the park. 

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