Team wins engineering award
The team of Cobb Engineering Co., MacArthur Associated Consultants, Poe & Associates and SAIC was awarded the American Council of Engineering Companies Oklahoma 2012 Engineering Excellence Grand Conceptor Award for the entry “40 Forward: The Highway That Changed a City.” The Interstate 40 section from the Interstate 235/Interstate 35 interchange, west 4.5 miles to May Avenue, known locally as the Crosstown Expressway, was constructed in 1965. The decision to relocate the I-40 Crosstown five blocks south changed the face and direction of Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Transportation Department selected the team of firms, which became known as design partners. The project included direct recycling and was challenged by constantly changing conditions in the downtown area. The original elevated mainline assembly was moved under controlled conditions and a tight right of way to salvage the original bridge girders for reuse by Oklahoma counties.