Wilmington's 495 bridge wins state's top engineering award
By Andrew Sgroi

Updated Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 11:50am

The I-495 bridge over the Christina River during its emergency repairs (WDEL/file)
The critical work behind this summer's I-495 bridge closure is now getting a favorable response of its own.

Recipients of the 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards, as determined by the Delaware chapter for the American Council of Engineering Companies, were announced Tuesday and Wilmington-based AECOM Technical Services has been awarded the state's most prestigious recognition.

Kim Willson of ACEC Delaware says that the firm's design and construction for the emergency bridge repairs made it an obvious choice for their Grand Conceptor Award.

"One of the awards judges indicated that this project was one of the most critical projects they could ever remember...real work versus textbook solutions," Willson told WDEL.

AECOM's recognition may not just be limited to Delaware. Willson says their winning submission is now eligible for entry into the national competition for Engineering Excellence.

"My hope is that we will have some sort of award coming nationally for the state of Delaware," says Willson.



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