The American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition recognized Parsons and the Mississippi Department of Transportation on a project that demonstrates a high degree of achievement, value and innovation.
MDOT’s project, US 90 Bridge Over Biloxi Bay, was selected to receive the highest-level award, an Honor Award. Parsons and MDOT will be recognized at the Thirty-Eighth Annual EEA Luncheon on Friday, February 13, 2009, in Chicago. As Honor Award winners, Parsons and MDOT are also eligible to enter ACEC’s National Competition.
“Rapidly reconnecting the communities along the Gulf Coast was only one of the mandates MDOT set for itself in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,” said Larry L. “Butch” Brown, MDOT’s executive director. “By awarding a design-build contract for the rebuilding effort, which allowed much of the necessary work to be accomplished simultaneously, MDOT set a standard for efficient project management and ensured that the project remained on-budget. We also brought to the Coast a taller, wider, beautiful new Bridge Over Biloxi Bay, along with a shared-use pathway for walkers, runners, and bikers. This bridge, along with its ‘sister’ project – the new Bay of St. Louis Bridge – represents tremendous strides that MDOT has made toward its overall mission of reconnecting and revitalizing the communities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”