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Huey P. Long Bridge Widening Project Wins Grand Award for Best Construction Project of 2012

Fri March 15, 2013 - National Edition
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Jefferson Parish’s Huey P. Long Bridge widening project was the most significant construction project of 2012, the Associated General Contractors of America announced recently.
Jefferson Parish’s Huey P. Long Bridge widening project was the most significant construction project of 2012, the Associated General Contractors of America announced recently.

Jefferson Parish’s Huey P. Long Bridge widening project was the most significant construction project of 2012, the Associated General Contractors of America announced recently. As a result, the projects’ contractors, Massman Construction Co., Traylor Bros. and IHI Corporation, known as MTI, was the grand award winner while 16 other firms received the association’s Alliant Build America Award in other categories.

“These projects are shining examples of the construction industry at its finest, demonstrating tremendous skill, hard work and steadfast determination,” said Joseph H. Jarboe, the association’s president and senior vice president of Bethesda, Md.-based Clark Construction Group. “The winners are setting the standard by which all construction projects should be judged.”

MTI was tasked with renovating one of the three primary Mississippi River crossings in the Greater New Orleans area with one the busiest ports in the U.S. The bridge renovation project used an innovative method of lifting entire spans of both upstream and downstream widening trusses that allowed the widening of the bridge to be done more safely, efficiently and with minimal impact of vehicular, rail and maritime traffic. The completed project doubled the driving surface width and improved ramps and intersections on both sides of the river providing a safer commute for the citizens of Jefferson Parish.

The Alliant Build America Awards recognize the nation’s most significant construction projects. A panel of judges, representing all areas of construction, evaluated an impressive number of submissions this year, assessing each project’s complexity, use of innovative construction techniques and client satisfaction, among other criteria. The awards, which were announced during the association’s annual convention in Palm Springs, are considered by many to be the most prestigious recognition of construction accomplishments in the U.S.