|PENNDOT DISTRICT 10 RECEIVES AWARD FOR GENERAL RICHARD BUTLER BRIDGE|
Indiana, Pa. - The Association for Bridge Construction and Design, or ABCD, recently recognized PennDOT District 10 for something many people already knew: Nearly 12 years of planning and engineering for the General Richard Butler Bridge resulted in a remarkable structure.
The ABCD, Pittsburgh Chapter, awarded PennDOT District 10 its annual award for Outstanding New Major Bridge during a presentation held May 17 at the Four Points by Sheraton Mars.
The General Richard Butler Bridge, which was fully opened in November 2006, carries Route 8 over the Connoquenessing Creek and Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad in the city of Butler, Butler County.
"We are honored that the ABCD recognized our efforts to design and construct a structure that accommodates modern transportation needs while fitting the context of its community," said District 10 Executive Joseph P. Dubovi III, P.E. "This award is another reminder that the time and effort put forth by so many to accomplish this project were worthwhile contributions."
Preliminary engineering for the General Richard Butler Bridge began in 1992. For the final design phase, which began in June 2004, Michael Baker Jr. Inc. of Pittsburgh served as lead consultant, with contributions from GeoMechanics Inc. of Elizabeth and The Markosky Engineering Group of Ligonier.
The Joseph B. Fay Company of Pittsburgh was the prime contractor for construction, which began in June 2004.
Composed of engineers, educators and constructors, the ABCD exists to educate engineering and construction professionals and government officials of the vital role of safe bridges in our society, to improve and encourage the science of bridge design and construction and to provide technical information and assistance to various public and private authorities for bridge programs.