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Santa Cruz bridge earns APWA Project-of-the-Year Award

May 1, 2010

The Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) Project-of-the Year Award was recently given to design consultant, TRC Companies Inc., for their work using one of AIL’s Big R Pedestrian Bridges over the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz, CA.

Big R Pedestrian Bridge in Santa Cruz, CA.The triple-span, modified bowstring truss bridge, which runs parallel to Highway 1 near River Street, completes the bicycle network and provides a safer river crossing in the north end of the city.

Cost-effective now and into the future.

With an interest in lowering maintenance costs and reducing environmental impact, the city opted for a weathering steel finish that would not require painting. AIL’s Big R pre-engineered and pre-fabricated design also helped to control costs by installing quickly with limited impact on the river habitat. This $2.6 million project would have cost about $5 million if done according to the original concrete design.

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