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2003 Honor Award for ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE
Presented by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia

East Point Pedestrian Bridge

The effort to design and construct the city of East Point’s new pedestrian bridge received an honor award from the georgia chapter of American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2003 Engineering Excellence competition.  Representatives from Prime Engineering and the City of East Point were presented the award at the annual Engineering Excellence Banquet on February 22, 2003.

“Being involved with a project like this is what being an engineer is all about,” notes Thomas D. Gambino, President of Prime Engineering, Inc.  This 210’ long, 8’ wide bridge spans over 6 rail lines: 2 MARTA rail lines just north of the East Point MARTA station, 1 CSX, and 3 Norfolk Southern rail lines that run parallel to the MARTA lines.  The bridge stands 25 feet high over the rail line tracks.

The $2.2 Million construction cost was jointly funded by the City of East Point, a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and a GA DOT sidewalk program.   Bridge construction had been a City priority to accommodate community safety and the City's Beautification Program.  The bridge project arose out of concerns for pedestrian safety.  Students from near-by Tri-Cities High School and MARTA riders had been walking across active train tracks to access MARTA's East Point Station.

Prime Engineering led an accelerated 1 month design phase and remained involved with the project through construction.  Design consultants included Harrington Engineers for structural engineering and Roosevelt Powell for electrical engineering.  Pre-construction activities entailed close collaboration with authorities including Georgia DOT, CSX and Norfolk Southern Railways, MARTA, Fulton County and CDBG coordinators.  Construction was awarded to Archer Western and began in May 2001.

"To secure the funding required for the Pedestrian Bridge the design had to be completed in 30 days, ” explained Mr. Gambino.  “This extraordinary effort was made possible because the City of East Point and Prime Engineering worked as a team to meet the deadline."

When asked about additional technical challenges posed by the bridge project, Mr. Gambino added that the bridge was designed to be lifted into place as one 210 foot long piece with 1-inch of clearance. 

In summarizing his feelings about the project and the award, Mr. Gambino stated, “It has been both exciting and rewarding for PRIME to be involved with this project by contributing to the revitalization of the City of East Point’s downtown district.”

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