California Incline Bridge and Idaho Avenue Pedestrian Overcrossing Win 2018 ACEC Engineering Excellence Honor Award


T.Y. Lin International (TYLI), a globally recognized full-service infrastructure consulting firm, announces that the California Incline Bridge and Idaho Avenue Pedestrian Overcrossing (POC), two interrelated projects in Santa Monica, California, have won an Honor Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition. ACEC’s national awards program recognizes the year's most outstanding engineering accomplishments in the U.S. TYLI accepted the award at the ACEC EEA Gala on April 17, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

TYLI served as Bridge Designer for the California Incline Bridge, working closely with the City of Santa Monica and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The firm also oversaw traffic and electrical engineering, geotechnical engineering, hazardous material testing, and surveying. For the Idaho Avenue POC, TYLI served as Prime Consultant and Bridge Designer responsible for concept alternatives analysis, visualization and architectural renderings, final bridge design, plans, specifications, and estimates (PS&E), and construction support for the overcrossing and improvements to the Idaho Trail.

The California Incline Bridge begins atop the bluff slopes of Pacific Palisades Park and carries vehicular traffic, pedestrians, and bicyclists down to the Pacific Coast Highway at the base of the bluffs near Santa Monica State Beach. The new bridge replaces a series of deteriorating, seismically-deficient sidehill viaduct structures built in 1930. The Idaho Avenue POC replaces the former California Incline POC constructed in 1957. An aesthetic, curving structure with signature V-shaped pier, the overcrossing emerges seamlessly from the historic Idaho Trail and spirals down to connect to the new multiuse bicycle/pedestrian path constructed for the California Incline Bridge project. The bridges were completed on schedule in October 2016.

“T.Y. Lin International is proud that the California Incline Bridge and the Idaho Avenue Pedestrian Overcrossing have received a 2018 ACEC Engineering Excellence Honor Award. It has been a privilege to collaborate with the City of Santa Monica, Caltrans, and the rest of the team on these successful projects,” said Mark Ashley, P.E., TYLI Senior Vice President and West Region Director. “Both projects demonstrate how the application of innovative engineering solutions and a dedication to teamwork can result in public works that benefit local communities through improved safety, functionality, and sustainability.”

About the American Council of Engineering Companies:

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the business association of America’s engineering industry, representing more than 5,000 independent engineering firms and more than 500,000 professionals throughout the U.S. engaged in the development of America’s transportation, water, and energy infrastructure, along with environmental, industrial and other public and private facilities. Founded in 1909, ACEC is a national federation of 51 state and regional organizations.

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