Photo credit: JBC Associates, Inc.
Urban is pleased to announce that the S.R. 0422 Section SRB-US 422 Schuylkill River Bridge project in Valley Forge was recognized at the annual Diamond Awards for Engineering Excellence gala with a Diamond Award Certificate. The competition was hosted by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC/PA) at a virtual ceremony.
“We would like to congratulate PennDOT and other key partners on the successful completion of this project and on this recognition from ACEC/PA,” said Mark Kinnee, PE, Urban’s senior vice president and COO for horizontal services. “This project is part of the Schuylkill River Crossing Complex of transportation improvement projects, and is part of a major undertaking by PennDOT that is worth celebrating. This award is also evidence of the success and technical expertise of our firm’s transportation practice.”
With increasing development in King of Prussia, traffic congestion routinely impacts commuters on US 422 over the Schuylkill River. To reduce congestion, Urban designed modern structures to carry US 422 over the river, a nearby railroad, streets, and trails. The new bridges carry eight travel lanes, including two through lanes, a future use lane to run in each direction, and an auxiliary lane on both sides for travel between the PA 23 and PA 363 interchanges. To match the picturesque view of the river, the bridge features combination wall and tulip-shaped column piers with architectural surface treatments.
Challenges during this $130 million-budgeted project included relocating cremated remains, protecting endangered species, and coordinating among agencies. During construction, PennDOT stated that Urban was, “very effective in following up on outstanding issues and always has the best interest of the project in mind.” Urban is proud to have completed this important project for the region.
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