The first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) designed and built in the state of Indiana has earned an Honor Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Indiana. It is one of eight projects across the state to earn an Honor Award for outstanding engineering achievement.
This is the second award the DDI at I-69 and DuPont Road in Fort Wayne has received. Earlier this year, the project was named “Civil Engineering Project of the Year” by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Indiana section.
Designed by Burgess & Niple (B&N), the DDI was built to add traffic capacity and relieve congestion to support development in the area. With two hospitals located in close proximity, the revamped interchange also improves access for emergency vehicles.
A unique feature of the I-69/DuPont Road DDI is a barrier separated median designed for pedestrians. The median provides a safer path for pedestrians to traverse the interchange and connects to an existing network of trails, which helps promote alternate modes of transportation.
As a recipient of the Honor Award, the DDI project is eligible for the ACEC Indiana Grand Award that will be announced in March 2016. Congratulations to INDOT and the entire project team on this recognition!