Modjeski and Masters Wins Two Awards from Association for Bridge Construction and Design

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Portage Lake Lift Bridge Rehabilitation and Elizabeth City Bascule Bridge Replacement Projects Recognized

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Winning these awards demonstrates the type of work that our firm provides across the country, benefiting communities like those in Michigan and North Carolina for many years to come.

Modjeski and Masters, a nationwide leader in the design, inspection, and rehabilitation of all bridge types, including long-span and movable structures, today announced its selection as winner of two Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD) Susquehanna Chapter awards. The firm was recognized with the Outstanding Rehabilitated Bridge Award for its work on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge in Michigan, and won the Outstanding New Medium Span Bridge Award for the Elizabeth City Bascule Bridge in North Carolina.

The Annual ABCD Bridge Awards Program recognizes bridges that have been designed, fabricated, or owned by a member of the ABCD Susquehanna Chapter. The awards were presented at a chapter dinner on May 15, 2017 at The Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel in Harrisburg, Pa.

“We’re humbled that our prestigious group of peers in the Susquehanna Chapter recognized the innovation and value of our work on both the Portage Lake and Elizabeth City Bridge projects,” said Mike Britt, President of Modjeski and Masters. “Winning these awards demonstrates the type of work that our firm provides across the country, benefiting communities like those in Michigan and North Carolina for many years to come.”

The Portage Lake Lift Bridge project rehabilitated the heaviest and widest double-deck bridge in the world, which connects the Michigan cities of Houghton and Hancock. It was originally constructed in 1959 and is now registered as a Michigan Historic Bridge. Modjeski and Masters led the structural, mechanical, and electrical rehabilitative design, helping the bridge to serve the community for another half century.

The Elizabeth City Bascule Bridge project completely replaced both the superstructure and substructure of the eastbound bridge of US 158 over the Pasquotank River in North Carolina. Built in 1931, the eastbound span was one of 838 bridges identified by the North Carolina DOT to be replaced after determining it had reached the end of its expected lifespan. Modjeski and Masters designed the replacement bridge with a 430’ approach and a new 146’ double-leaf trunnion bascule span, accommodating the highway, bicycle and pedestrian traffic the bridge sees.

A full overview, along with photos, of the award-winning Portage Lake Bridge project can be found here as well as for the Elizabeth City Bridge project here.

About Modjeski and Masters
Modjeski and Masters is one of the world’s leading bridge engineering firms, with a reputation for technical excellence and innovation that goes beyond current standards. Established more than 120 years ago, the firm is responsible for the design and maintenance of some of our nation’s most recognizable structures. Services include fixed and movable bridge design, inspection and rehabilitation, and all facets of life-cycle maintenance, research and code development. For more information, including in-depth videos of Modjeski and Masters at work, please visit

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