Top Projects for 1989

by Paul Tarricone, Asst. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 7, Pg. 54-57

Document Type: Feature article


Transportation-related projects, most notably bridges, dominate the 1989 OCEA projects, but each of the 11 improved the quality of life of people in the community without harming the environment. The Smith Ave. High Bridge in St. Paul, Minn. and the Greater New Orleans Bridge No. 2 have eased traffic without changing the historical significance and character of those cities. Rehabilitation to Chicago's O'Hare Airport addresses the travel needs of today's and tomorrow's traveler. Pre-cast segmental concrete technology was used on the Biloxi I-110 viaduct, the nation's first heavy rail bridge (the John T. Collinson Bridge) in Florida, and the Jack G. Hanson Bridge in Mississippi. Buffalo's Metro Rail provided jobs and helped revitalize the city by providing service into the shopping district. The world's hardest working water now works even harder, powering a generator at the Balsam Meadow Hydroelectric Plant in California. The Cuyahoga River near Cleveland is no longer a polluted burning river. Swimming and boating is now possible due to the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Center. The HOST Park and Seacoast Test Facility taps the deep, cold, nutrient-rich waters of the shore in Hawaii. Finally, the Franconia North Parkway in New Hampshire was able to ensure that the state's northern communities don't become isolated, while easing the concern of environmentalists by keeping the rustic appearance of the parkway.

Subject Headings: Railroad bridges | Subways | Hydro power | Water pollution | Lifeline systems | Traffic management | Historic sites | Historic buildings | United States | New Orleans | Louisiana | Florida | Mississippi | California | Ohio | Hawaii

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