The Hamilton/Halton Engineering Week committee has selected the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Morrison Hershfield and Dufferin Construction team as the recipients of the 2011 Project of the Year in the Civil Engineering category for the Hwy. 403/ Aberdeen Avenue Rapid Bridge Replacement. The awards ceremony was held on Saturday February 26th with plaques presented to the project owner and supporting consultants. Edward Li and Dennis Wong were on hand to accept plaques as Morrison Hershfield’s key engineers in this project. They are seen with Mr. Joe Costantino, representing the MTO.
The award recognizes the contribution to engineering and to the community by a Firm, Municipality/Region, or Government Agency, who has undertaken or completed an outstanding project within the past year. Projects are judged based on their merits of engineering uniqueness and complexity, contribution or significance to the profession and/or community and historical significance.
In August 2010, the Aberdeen Avenue Bridge superstructure over Highway 403 was completely replaced within 51 hours, becoming the first rapid bridge replacement for a multi-span continuous bridge in North America. A combination of “Heavy Lifting Technology” and the “Jack and Slide” method were used to install the new bridge spans. The project was quoted by the Chair of the Awards Committee to be an excellent example of the application of engineering in our community.
For more news stories on this project, visit "First Ever Multi-Span Bridge Replacement in North America" and "Aberdeen Avenue Bridge Swap a Success!"