Dynamic Duo

by John Prendergast, Managing Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1996, Vol. 66, Issue 7, Pg. 40-43

Document Type: Feature article


From the record-breaking 22 nominees for the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) award this year, two very different projects were singled out for Merit Awards. The Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown-LaPorte, Tex., is a cable-stayed structure that, jurors said, seems to float across the water. The $92 million bridge, which opened in September 1995, carries eight lanes of traffic 10,476 ft on dual roadways across the Ship Channel at Baytown-LaPorte, about 20 mi southeast of Houston. The focal point of the structure is the 2,475 ft cable-stayed main span across the navigable portion of the channel. The other Merit Award winning project involved remediation of a very large sinkhole at an inactive phosphogypsum disposal mound, or stack, at the IMC-Agrico Co., New Wales, concentrated phosphate plant in Polk County, Fla. that extended to the Floridan Aquifer. The resulting $6.8 million remediation project, including $1.2 million for preliminary exploration and $5.6 million for sinkhole repair, embodied the state of the art of geotechnical engineering.

Subject Headings: Cables | Awards and prizes | Cable stayed bridges | Remediation | Sinkholes | Water transportation | Highways and roads | Ships | Texas | United States | Wales | United Kingdom | Europe

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