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Wichita Bridge Rehabilitation Project Wins National ACEC Award

A project to rehabilitate a concrete bridge in Wichita, Kansas was the recipient of a national recognition award in the 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards competition of the American Council of Engineering Companies. The awards program recognized outstanding projects designed by private practice engineering firms across the U.S. during a gala awards dinner on April 19 in Washington, D.C.

 

WICHITA, KA – A project to rehabilitate a concrete bridge in Wichita, Kansas was the recipient of a national recognition award in the 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards competition of the American Council of Engineering Companies. The awards program recognized outstanding projects designed by private practice engineering firms across the U.S. during a gala awards dinner on April 19 in Washington, D.C.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff was the prime engineering design consultant for the project on behalf of the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The project involved repairs to a 2,900-foot viaduct section of US Route 54 through downtown Wichita that crosses several arterial streets and the Arkansas River. Any closing of the viaduct would cause major traffic disruptions, especially for travelers to the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. US 54 is an important arterial highway in Kansas, an east-west cross-town freeway accommodating over 100,000 vehicles per day.

The viaduct had significant deficiencies in the grouted tendons and end-anchor block protection as well as extensive damage at expansion hinge locations. The rehabilitation project used leading-edge technology in inspection/repair methodologies, including ground-penetrating radar to locate all the structure’s tendons and assess water damage. Non-destructive probing and precision drilling was used to ensure there was no damage to the prestressed strands.

The viaduct was restored to its near original condition in terms of durability and strength three months ahead of schedule with minimal disruption to the public.

About WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services consulting firms, provides services designed to transform the built environment and restore the natural one. The firm’s expertise ranges from environmental remediation and urban planning, to engineering iconic buildings and designing sustainable transport networks, to developing the energy sources of the future and enabling new ways of extracting essential resources. Approximately 34,000 employees, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors, program and construction management professionals, as well as various environmental experts, work for this dynamic organization in more than 500 offices across 40 countries worldwide. wsp-pb.com/usa

 

Photo caption: U.S. Route 54, Wichita, Kansas