Agency: 
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) New Jersey
Client: 
New Jersey Department of Transportation
Project: 
U.S. Route 22 and Chimney Rock Road Interchange

Louis Berger received a 2016 Engineering Excellence Distinguished Service Award from the New Jersey chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for their work on U.S. Route 22 and Chimney Rock Road.

The U.S. Route 22 and Chimney Rock Road project was initiated to improve the safety, connectivity, and resident mobility of the Township of Bridgewater in Somerset County, N.J. Studies found that the average annual traffic on U.S. Route 22 was 55,000 vehicles per day, with one 4-lane section reaching 8,500 vehicles in peak hours. A comparative crash analysis revealed that the number of crashes in the area was six times that of the state average. The project aimed to improve the safety, future mobility and the quality of life issues from a transportation infrastructure improvements perspective, and consisted of the construction of four major bridges including a railroad bridge over Route 22.

The ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards celebrate the most outstanding project achievements in the field of engineering around the world. Projects are judged based on originality, innovation, value to the public and the engineering profession, complexity, social and economic considerations, sustainability, and exceeding client needs.