The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) named Jefferson Parish’s Huey P. Long Bridge widening project the most significant construction project of 2012.
The projects’ contractors, Massman Construction Co., Traylor Bros. and IHI Corporation, known as MTI, were the grand award winners while 16 other firms received the association’s Alliant Build America Award in other categories.
“These projects are shining examples of the construction industry at its finest, demonstrating tremendous skill, hard work and steadfast determination,” said Joseph H. Jarboe, AGC’s president and senior vice president of Bethesda, Md.-based Clark Construction Group. “The winners are setting the standard by which all construction projects should be judged.”
MTI renovated one of the three primary Mississippi River crossings in the Greater New Orleans area with one the busiest ports in the U.S. The bridge renovation project used a method of lifting entire spans of both upstream and downstream widening trusses that allowed the widening of the bridge to be done more safely, efficiently and with minimal impact of vehicular, rail and maritime traffic. The completed project doubled the driving surface width and improved ramps and intersections on both sides of the river providing a safer commute for the citizens of Jefferson Parish.