Highway 16 bridge, roadwork recognized for engineering excellence

The Idaho 16 bridge and road work involved in building a bridge over the Boise River and connecting State Street to Chinden Boulevard, has received a National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies in their 2015 Engineering Excellence awards. The award honors projects that demonstrate exceptional achievements in engineering.

The award will be presented in Washington, D.C., on April 21. Both ITD and the project’s engineering firm, Parametrix Inc, will be recognized.

"The key to success on this project was diligent project management and a team committed to delivering it ahead of schedule and under budget," said Amy Schroeder, ITD's District 3 engineering manager and former GARVEE program manager.

The project featured construction of a 1,726-foot-long, 88-foot-wide bridge across the river. More than 1.5 million pounds of rebar and 36.6 million pounds of concrete were used in the construction of the massive bridge. The $39-million bridge was funded by Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle bonds. In addition to construction, GARVEE also funded the design and development of the route.

Construction started in late May 2012 and finished Aug. 15, 2014.

Published 03-06-15