March 30, 2016
Company’s Solution for Key Pittsburgh-Area Artery Garners Grand Conceptor Award at March 10th Ceremony
Michael Baker International’s solution to improve the commute for drivers on Pittsburgh’s Route 28 recently received major kudos. Company leaders accepted the Grand Conceptor Award for Michael Baker’s work on the roadway from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania (ACEC/PA) at the organization’s Diamond Awards for Engineering Excellence ceremony, held in Lancaster, Pa. on March 10. The Grand Conceptor Award is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual project for innovative techniques, sustainability and complexity.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) chose Michael Baker to revamp a two-mile section of the highway, a key artery between the city, its northern suburbs and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The multi-year upgrade resulted in a redesigned corridor engineered for enhanced safety and accessibility.
“Michael Baker faced a challenge from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) when we undertook this project. The corridor was an aging roadway with narrow lanes, notorious congestion, limited sight distances and a history of traffic accidents,” said David Martin, P.E., senior vice president and Pittsburgh office executive for Michael Baker International. “We constantly work to make a difference in the communities we serve, and with this project, our creative solutions made travel safer and more efficient for nearly 70,000 daily commuters. We are proud to share this award with PennDOT.”
Michael Baker’s comprehensive re-design of Route 28/East Ohio Street transformed the corridor by creating a limited-access highway with innovative, grade-separated interchanges and re-designed intersections as well as pedestrian and bicycle amenities such as new sidewalks, walkways, and trails and bike lanes. A retaining wall alongside the highway includes sandblasted artwork that celebrates the history of the people and institutions that played an important role in Pittsburgh’s North Side community.
Michael Baker has received a host of other awards for the project from Engineering News-Record's
MidAtlantic Division, the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers Pittsburgh Chapter, the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania and the American Society of Highway Engineers Pittsburgh Section.