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Spanish Creek Bridge Project wins prestigious national award

The new Spanish Creek Bridge, opened in July 2012, adds another accolade to its list of awards. Photo courtesy California Department of Transportation
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The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 2, along with contractor C.C. Myers Inc., has been awarded the Engineering News-Record’s “Best of the Best” Highway/Bridge Project Award for 2013.

Seven hundred project teams submitted their work in the regional competition in May 2013. Caltrans District 2 and C.C. Myers Inc. won the Northern California Region award, beating out major projects like the Dumbarton Bridge Seismic Retrofit Project.

The win automatically entered them into the national competition. There, a panel of new judges voted on the projects based on safety, overcoming challenges, innovation and quality and selected the Spanish Creek Bridge Project as the winner.

This is just one of the many notable accolades for the Spanish Creek Bridge Project. It has also won the following awards:

—2013 Excellence in Transportation — Major Structures Award

—2013 Finalist, California Transportation Foundation Structure Project of the Year

—Caltrans Partnering Success In Motion (two Gold Awards)

—2013 International Partnering Institute — John L. Martin, Partnered Project of the Year Award (Ruby Award)

—2013 Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) California Excellence in Partnering — Projects under $50 million

—2013 Meeting the Challenge of a Difficult Job — Heavy Engineering Classification Constructor Award, AGC California (C.C. Myers Inc.)

C.C. Myers Inc. began construction on the new Spanish Creek Bridge, located along State Route 70 in Plumas County, in July 2010. It opened to the public in July 2012. The new 627-foot concrete bridge is one of only four arched bridges constructed in the last 50 years in California.


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