HMB was presented on Tuesday with a National Recognition Award for its project, "Rising Above the Flood," a bridge replacement project in Falmouth, Ky. The award was presented by the American Council of Engineering Companies during its annual awards gala in Washington, D.C.
For almost 85 years, one of the main gateways into the City of Falmouth (KY 22) involved crossing a narrow, two-lane truss structure that was often overwhelmed by a flooded Licking River. The "Shomakertown Bridge," named after the area located just east of Falmouth, was facing closure due to significant corrosion. HMB Professional Engineers, Inc. was tasked with designing a replacement structure and associated approaches that would not only accommodate a 100-year flood, but would also maintain the historic integrity of the City of Falmouth.
The new structure is located just downstream of the old bridge and is a curved, welded steel plate girder bridge consisting of four spans (110'-215'-215'-190') with an overall length of 734 feet. The new bridge maintains a 665 foot floodway and the eastern approach maintains a minimum elevation of 555 feet to allow the roadway to remain open during floods. The new horizontal alignment of the bridge eliminates a sharp turn that had previously impeded large vehicular traffic. Two five-foot sidewalls were also included in the design to enhance safety and accommodate pedestrian traffic. Decorative parapets and aesthetic lighting were incorporated to complement the historic district of Falmouth.
Mitch Green and Bryan Stopper accepted the award on HMB's behalf.