Agency: 
American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey
Client: 
New Jersey Department of Transportation
Project: 
Route 33 Rocky Brook Bridge

Louis Berger received an Engineering Excellence Distinguished Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey for the Route 33 Rocky Brook bridge project in Hightstown, N.J. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, damage to the 100-year-old historic Route 33 bridge over Rocky Brook was so severe that Gov. Chris Christie ranked the structure’s rehabilitation second on his list of priority infrastructure repair projects. The New Jersey Department of Transportation engaged Louis Berger to conduct a detailed safety assessment and restore the bridge. Louis Berger designed new bridge parapets, railings and sidewalks in addition to reconstructing pedestrian pathways without major disruption to traffic. This high-profile emergency repair assignment, which would have typically been a 12-month project, was completed in only eight weeks.

The ACEC annual Engineering Excellence Awards competition recognizes engineering firms for projects that demonstrate a high degree of innovation, achievement and value.