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Excellence in Highway Design
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Category 6 - Highway Related Projects

Merit Award

Photo: Assateague Island Pedestrian Bridge


Assateague Island Pedestrian Bridge

Worcester County, Maryland


Designer:  Wallace, Montgomery and Associates / Whitney, Bailey, Cox, and Magnani - Joint Venture, Towson
Contractors:  McLean Contracting, Glen Burnie

A safety study showed the best way to improve the safety and accessibility of pedestrians and bicyclists to Assateague Island National Seashore was to build a separate bridge parallel to the existing roadway structure. The design of the piling system minimized the disturbance to the natural environment of Sinepuxent Bay. The structure was also designed with an observation platform at the bridge's crest overlooking the boating channel. The platform also presents park users with a vista of the barrier island as well as an educational opportunity.

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