Two West Virginia Transportation Projects Recognized

Two of Burgess & Niple’s transportation projects in West Virginia were recognized on November 2nd during the 2016 American Council of Engineering Companies of West Virginia (ACECWV) Joint Transportation Forum and Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet.

Thurmond Bridge - 2016 WVDOH Engineering Excellence Award

The new I-79 Interchange connects the region to new development while providing a solution for traffic congestion. Photo courtesy of Thrasher.

The Thurmond Bridge received the 2016 West Virginia Division of Highway’s (WVDOH) Engineering Excellence Award in the Large Bridge category. The project was recognized for the complex analysis and rehabilitation design performed by B&N on this multimodal bridge owned jointly by WVDOH and RJ Corman Railroad Group.

The design increased the bridge’s load posting to provide safe travel for trains, vehicles and pedestrians. To add to the project’s complexity, the bridge is located in an area on the National Register of Historic Places. This eliminated bridge replacement as an option and meant that improvements had to be made within the existing footprint.

I-79 Morgantown Interchange – ACECWV Engineering Excellence Award

The new I-79 Interchange connects the region to new development while providing a solution for traffic congestion. Photo courtesy of Thrasher.

The ACECWV recognized the I-79 Morgantown Interchange Project with an Engineering Excellence Award in the Environmental category. B&N performed a comprehensive environmental assessment of the 51-acre project area within a short, six-month timeframe to address a series of potential environmental concerns.

The result was a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the project indicating that the preferred alternative posed no significant impacts to the quality of the environment. This allowed final design and construction of the new I-79 Interchange to proceed on schedule.

Congratulations to our clients, partners and project teams on this recognition.