Each year the American Society of Civil Engineers honors the top engineering projects that contribute significantly to the civil engineering progress and society. The 2015 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award recipients are as follows:
1. Colton Crossing Flyover in Colton, California – Construct an 8,150-foot flyover structure to take the Union Pacific Railroad’s east-west tracks 35 feet above the north-south tracks of the BNSF Railway. 2. Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation Project in Los Angeles, California – Improve the water quality in the 13-acre lake.
3. Halley VI Antarctic Research Station in Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctica – First fully mobile Antarctic research station in the world. It is a $43 million state-of-the-art research facility that is segmented into 8 modules, each sitting atop ski-fitted, hydraulic legs designed to cope with rising snow.
4. San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge New East Span in San Francisco and Oakland, California – Designed to support 10 lanes of traffic and more than 300,000 vehicles per day. Considered the longest single-tower, self-anchored suspension span (SAS) bridge in the world and the world’s widest bridge (2,047 feet long and 258.33 feet wide)
5. Ward County Water Supply Project, running through Monahans and Odessa, Texas – Design and construct 21 groundwater wells, 65 miles of pipeline and 4 booster pump stations.