The accomplishments of Cianbro’s Mid-Atlantic Team on the Humpback Bridge Replacement Project in the nation's capital have been recognized with a Pyramid Award at the 23rd Annual National Excellence in Construction Awards sponsored by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The project won in the Heavy Infrastructure category. This award recognizes Humpback as one of the most innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects in America over the past year.
Cianbro embraced this complex project on the George Washington Parkway with a dedicated and experienced team of construction professionals. Intricate stonework, a tight work environment, and the continuance of heavy commuter traffic were challenges that were overcome to provide a well-designed bridge that is constructed to be aesthetically and historically pleasing. Cianbro's Mid-Atlantic team members demonstrated the capability, capacity and resources necessary to complete this project safely, with zero lost time injuries, while maintaining access to all four lanes of the bridge, a critical waterway, and multi-use trails.
Cianbro’s work at Humpback Bridge drastically improved safety on an area of roadway that previously recorded the highest vehicle accident rate on the entire Parkway. Cianbro widened lanes and eliminated the substandard sight distances over the bridge that had contributed to frequent accidents, approximately 20% of which involved personal injury. Furthermore, before this project, Mount Vernon Trail users wishing to cross the bridge were confined to a narrow sidewalk with speeding traffic on one side and a bridge wall on the other. This created high safety risks for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The renovated Humpback Bridge now carries the Mount Vernon Trail over Boundary Channel via a divided travel lane, and provides connections to the Navy-Marine Memorial, Columbia Island Marina and Boundary Channel Drive via underpasses at the Humpback Bridge approaches. Cianbro has created a safer bridge that preserves the historical integrity of the original, an accomplishment that has become an award winner.
"This ABC Excellence in Construction Award for the Humpback Bridge recognizes Cianbro’s outstanding quality and innovation as a merit shop contractor," said Cianbro's Mid-Atlantic Business Development Manager Michael McGeady. "The Mid-Atlantic Region continues to strive for excellence in safety, client relations, and project delivery, and this award validates all three of those efforts. We’ll use this recognition of our team members to pursue both public and private sector projects going forward.”
“This award is for the Cianbro Team that succeeded in the Humpback Bridge Project," added MAR General Manager Chris Scott. "With all the obstacles overcome on that job, enough cannot be said for the Cianbro Team on the jobsite and the major subs involved. Great job, and thank you!"