The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) recently recognized the U.S. I-93 Fast 14 rapid bridge replacement project with a national honor award and the Grand Conceptor Award from ACEC of Massachusetts. The national panel of 28 judges representing construction, government, media, and academia selected award recipients based on uniqueness and originality, technical complexity, social and economic value, and public awareness.

Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MassDOT) Fast 14 project replaced 14 deteriorated bridges in Medford, Massachusetts, during 10, 55-hour weekends. This $98 million project was completed by a joint venture team of J.F. White Contracting and Kiewit Corporation who employed an innovative approach utilizing precast modular units to replace the superstructures.

As a subconsultant to lead designer TetraTech, Dewberry was responsible for four of the 14 bridge superstructure replacements at the core of the project along a high-volume section of I-93.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood stated that the project "demonstrated perfectly the ability of American innovation to respond to transportation challenges... America is ready, willing, and able to dream big, and build big."

About ACEC

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the voice of America's engineering industry. Council members – numbering more than 5,000 firms representing more than 500,000 employees throughout the country – are engaged in a wide range of engineering works that propel the nation's economy, and enhance and safeguard America's quality of life. These works allow Americans to drink clean water, enjoy a healthy life, take advantage of new technologies, and travel safely and efficiently. The Council's mission is to contribute to America's prosperity and welfare by advancing the business interests of member firms.