National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA)
Merit Award Winner for Moveable Structures
Project: Fort Street Bridge, Detroit MI
Tobe Construction LLC
A record-setting, single-leaf bascule bridge proves innovation can also be economical. The Fort Street Bridge, a 176-ft bascule span in Detroit, is the heaviest bascule leaf in the world and second largest by deck area. It is also one of the most efficient to open due to the rolling-lift design. “The project sets a record for a single-leaf bascule bridge while the counterweight structure creates a unique and visually striking bridge for the community,” said Dominique Shannon, PE, Kansas Department of Transportation, a judge in the competition.
Stafford Bandlow Engineering worked extensively with the contractor on the project. Our work included directing machinery alignment, bridge balance calculations and strain gage balance testing. Stafford Bandlow Engineering also initiated changes to the electrical control system to provide improved seating.
Located on the Avalon Peninsula in the town of Placentia, NL, the Sir Ambrose Shea Lift Bridge provides a vital connection for local communities while supporting the region’s commercial fishing industry. The bridge is raised approximately 2,400 times annually and is one of the few vertical lift bridges in Canada.
Stafford Bandlow Engineering provided mechanical and electrical engineering services for this new bridge from inception through completion.
American Council of Engineering Companies of Connecticut
2014 Engineering Excellence Grand Award
presented to Stafford Bandlow Engineering, Inc.
Project: Mystic Movable Bridge Rehabilitation