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Engineers name U.S. 82 bridge as one of most innovative projects

GREENVILLE — The new U.S. 82 Missis­sippi River Bridge was re­cently recognized by the American Council of Engineering Compa­nies as one of the world’s most inno­vative projects of the year.

The Engineering Excellence Awards brings together over 600 indus­try and government lead­ers each year to distinguish the best achievements of the engineering profession.

“Everywhere I go around the state and beyond, I tell people that if they haven’t already, they need to see the new bridge at Greenville,” said Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall. “It truly is an en­gineering marvel and one of the most beautiful struc­tures I’ve ever seen. Obvi­ously, the ACEC feels the same way.”

Mississippi Department of Transportation district engineer Kevin Ma­gee was on hand to accept the award, along with Green­ville native and assistant project engineer Michael Caulfield of Howard, Needles, Tammen & Bergendoff, who designed the bridge and also performed construction engineering and inspection for the main span structure.

The groundbreaking for the new bridge was held in November 2001, and it was officially opened in August 2010, making it the longest cable-stayed bridge span on the Missis­sippi River and the third longest bridge span in the United States. The project’s construction was done by Massman Construction Co. of Kansas City and Tray­lor Brothers Inc. of Evans­ville, Ind.

Massman Construction Co. was also the contractor for the old 1940 Greenville bridge that has now been removed.

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