The Governor Harry W. Nice/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge Replacement Design-Build project was recently honored by the Design-Build Institute of America Mid-Atlantic Region (DBIA-MAR).
The $462 million bridge project won the Project of the Year, Infrastructure – Award of Excellence, and “Best in Design Excellence” – Engineering awards that will be presented during the organization’s Awards Dinner this fall.
To replace the existing two-lane bridge that connected Maryland and Virginia over the Potomac River, a new four-lane crossing was constructed adjacent to the old structure in order to support more than 18,000 vehicles each day for the next century. Serving in a joint venture capacity, KCI provided construction management and inspection services that included lead structural inspections, facility construction management, material testing, maintenance of traffic, environmental compliance monitoring, document control, and overseeing intelligent transportation system installation for the proposed structure and the addition of six new administrative facilities on the Maryland shore. Working under a tight time frame, the new Nice-Middleton bridge was successfully opened after only two years. With twice the capacity for vehicular traffic and increased safety features such as larger lane widths, multiple lanes in each direction, and shoulders on each side, the new crossing will carry more travelers across the Potomac for decades to come.