Exit 4Exit 4 Bridge Replacement Project, Albany, NY

Construction of the Northway Exit 4 bridge replacement project won a 2016 Engineering Excellence Award in the structural systems category from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York). The project was nominated by Creighton Manning Engineering, LLP of Albany who provided construction inspection services for the project owner, the New York State Department of Transportation.

The $22.3 million project replaced the highway bridges that carry the Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87) over Albany-Shaker Road in the town of Colonie. The two bridges, which were built as part of the original Northway construction in 1959, carry an average of 102,000 vehicles each day. The two three-span steel girder bridges were replaced with single span steel girder bridges with precast concrete decks. Three lanes of traffic were maintained in each direction on I-87 during peak commuting hours to accommodate the high traffic volumes.

The project was completed ahead of schedule through the use of innovative construction techniques and implementation of a value engineering proposal. The contractor was a joint venture between Lancaster Development, Inc. of Richmondville and Tully Construction Co, Inc. of Flushing, Queens.

The Engineering Excellence Award recognized Creighton Manning’s efforts during construction of the project where they worked in partnership with NYSDOT and the contractor to identify issues, and developed efficient and effective solutions to maintain the project schedule.

The award was presented during ACEC New York’s 49th annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Saturday, March 19, 2016.