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Old Cedar Bridge Rehabilitation Wins ACEC/MN Grand Award

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota (ACEC/MN) has awarded SRF Consulting Group the 2017 Engineering Excellence Grand Award for its work on the Old Cedar Truss Bridge Rehabilitation project.  [More info and videos]

Built in 1920, the Old Cedar Truss Bridge is a historic five-span, 865-foot-long, steel truss bridge crossing over Long Meadow Lake in Bloomington, Minnesota. Originally constructed as a vehicular bridge, it was converted to a bicycle/pedestrian facility in 1993, but closed in 2002 due to significant deterioration.

Project goals included restoring pedestrian/bicycle connectivity to the regional trail system, meeting the Secretary of Interior’s standards for rehabilitation, and meeting structural loading and safety standards while minimizing future maintenance costs.

To meet these goals and address challenges with access through the National Wildlife Refuge, SRF worked closely with stakeholders throughout design and construction. The rehabilitation work included steel truss repairs, substructure repair and reconstruction, deck and railing replacement, and repainting. Rehabilitation was complete September 2016.

The Old Cedar Truss Bridge team recently accepted the Grand Award at ACEC/MN’s 50th annual awards banquet. Entries were judged based on originality and innovation; future value to the engineering profession; social, economic and sustainable design considerations; complexity; and meeting the client’s needs.

For more information, including construction photos and videos, please visit the Old Cedar Bridge project page.