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Modjeski and Masters Wins 2024 ABCD Award

MECHANICSBURG, PA | Modjeski and Masters has been honored by the Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD), Susquehanna Chapter. The firm was recognized with the Outstanding Reconstructed Bridge Award in the Medium Span Category for its work on the Montgomery Avenue Bridge Replacement in Philadelphia, PA. 

The Annual ABCD Bridge Awards Program recognizes bridges that have been designed, fabricated, or owned by a member of the ABCD Susquehanna Chapter.

Through an open-end contract with the City of Philadelphia Department of Streets, Modjeski and Masters performed final design services for the replacement of the existing 5-span Montgomery Avenue Bridge. The bridge carries two lanes of traffic and two sidewalks over five railroad tracks. The replacement bridge is a seven girder, 126-foot-long single span replacement bridge on a 50-degree skew.

“Though small in size, the design and detailing of the bridge presented numerous challenges and required agility and adaptability in our engineering efforts,” said Chris Smith, Vice President and Pennsylvania Business Unit director for Modjeski and Masters. "Receiving this award underscores our dedication to delivering unmatched engineering solutions to our partners in the City of Philadelphia."

The historic Montgomery Avenue Bridge, built in 1913, is located in northwest Philadelphia. Spanning five essential railroad tracks over Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, this structure has been a connector for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic for more than a century. The bridge is surrounded by 100-year-old masonry walls, residential homes, businesses, and subsurface utilities, and the legal right-of-way is a few feet outside the bridge footprint. The bridge replacement is one of the key steps in an effort to spark a revitalization of the area.