The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project celebrated its receipt of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award with a plaque unveiling ceremony at the Maryland entrance to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge bike and pedestrian trail. Representatives from ASCE, the Maryland State Highway Administration, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration participated in the event.
The prestigious international award, announced last year, recognizes the Project’s significant contributions to the civil engineering profession, singling out for distinction its innovative environmental program and sensitivity to the local community. The ceremony coincides roughly with the one-year anniversary of the opening of the THRU lanes, which, through two additional travel lanes over the bridge and adjacent segments of the Capital Beltway, have all but eliminated the prior regular rush-hour traffic congestion on the bridge, saving commuters hundreds of hours a year in travel time.
ASCE annually recognizes an exemplary civil engineering project as that year’s Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA). Established in 1960, this award recognizes the project that best illustrates superior civil engineering skills and represents a significant contribution to civil engineering progress and to society. The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project was selected from a group of 26 outstanding projects from around the world.
The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project is in its last phases of construction. The new bridge and interchanges at Maryland 210, Interstate 295 and Route 1 are either entirely or substantially complete, while the Telegraph Road Interchange is more than 50 percent finished and on track to finish in 2013. The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project is jointly sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration and the District of Columbia Department of Transportation.
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