Jennifer Gwaltney 757-925-2583

Feb. 29, 2012

Chincoteague Bridge and Marsh Island Connector Project Honored for Outstanding Engineering Accomplishment

SUFFOLK –The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) was recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) at the state level for the Chincoteague Bridge and Marsh Island Connector project, one of four projects to receive a Grand Award at the 2012 ACEC Virginia’s Engineering Excellence Awards Gala. The Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) program, considered the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry,” honors the year’s most outstanding accomplishments. The winning projects at the state level EEA competitions are eligible for ACEC’s national EEA competition to be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Hardesty and Hanover, a full-service infrastructure engineering firm, was the lead designer for the project, providing the type-location study, preliminary and final design and construction support services for the replacement of the 1930s-era Chincoteague Channel Swing Bridge and the Black Narrows Bridge.

The new bridges include the 3/4 mile-long Chincoteague Bridge built over Black Narrows and Lewis Creek Channel and a 729-foot long, low profile Connector Bridge to Marsh Island.  The project was recognized for balancing the needs of the public with environmental sustainability. The new bridge alignment was changed in order to utilize natural channels that allow barge construction without dredging, and maintained minimal disturbance to the wetlands and oyster beds. The design of the bridges also helps to provide better traffic flow and access into the Town of Chincoteague.

American Bridge was the contractor for the project, which was completed in December 2010 at a cost of $68.7 million. For photos and more information on the Chincoteague Bridge and Marsh Island Connector project, please visit:

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