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Northbank Ped Bridge, July 13, 2012The North Bank Bridge and Park project in Boston/Cambridge has received an Honor Award in the 2013 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence national competition.

The $26 million North Bank Bridge and Park project funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and completed in spring 2012 provides pedestrians with a safe, accessible and quick route between Cambridge and Charlestown.

The pedestrian bridge is open to biking and rollerblading, in addition to walking or running, giving the public greater access to the parks.

The 690-foot bridge curves under the Zakim Bridge and over the MBTA railway.  The steelwork is metalized rather than painted to minimize maintenance. Energy-efficient LED light strips are installed in the bridge’s railings for aesthetics and public safety.

The ACEC award citation says "a former brownfield site has been transformed into a breathtaking new park along the Charles River Basin."

The firm Greenman-Pederson, Carol R. Johnson Associates, Stantec, and Ammann & Whitney of Wilmington, Massachusetts received the award for the North Bank project.

ACEC's annual Engineering Excellence Awards honor a total of 24 winners nationally as the year's most outstanding engineering accomplishments in transportation and 11 other categories.  The winners are chosen by a distinguished panel representing industry, government, academia and media based on uniqueness, innovation, future value to the engineering profession, and being on schedule and budget.

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