PARKERSBURG, West Virginia –The Market Street Bridge Rehabilitation project designed by Burgess & Niple (B&N) received the Silver Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of West Virginia Engineering Excellence Awards competition.
The century-old Market Street Bridge over the Ohio River in West Virginia had an overall rating of “poor” and a reduced load rating. With funding constraints, construction of a new bridge was a decade away.
Using combined expertise in bridge inspection and design, B&N completed a rehabilitation of the historic structure that extends its life while improving safety and keeping an important link to commerce in operation. Bridge lighting and painting further transformed the aging bridge into an iconic structure.
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin remarked at the bridge opening ceremony, “The nearly $16 million invested in repairing, painting and lighting the 106-year-old span is worth it because not only is it beautiful, but it will support commerce between the two states and neighboring communities.”
For more information on the Market Street Bridge Rehabilitation see the Summer 2012 edition of Burgess & Niple’s newsletter, Facets.