Unity Bridge Wins SAME Project of Excellence Award
The new Unity Bridge, linking the two previously unconnected sides of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, has won a Silver Project of Excellence Award from the Society of American Military Engineers. The award program recognizes firms that have demonstrated a high degree of excellence in providing support to the Society’s Federal Agencies.
The Unity Bridge was a design-build project led by TSS-Garco Joint Venture with AHBL serving as the lead designer, providing civil engineering, landscape architecture, and land surveying. Other key members of the team include BCE Engineers (electrical engineer) Nicholls-Kovich (structural engineer), and Heffron Transportation (traffic engineer).
Its opening marked the official joining of the two areas to create a true joint-base without having to leave the base or pass through another security gate. The bridge is expected to help improve Interstate 5 traffic congestion for military service members and civilians alike. Previously, traveling from one side of the base to the other required driving in and out of security gates and getting on the freeway. The bridge allows people to travel the base more quickly without going onto Interstate 5, thereby easing highway traffic.
Construction of this $8.5M project was accomplished in one year.