RK&K recognized for Wilmington bridge project


WILMINGTON — RK&K of Wilmington has earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ 54th annual Engineering Excellence Awards for designing the Senator Margaret Rose Henry Bridge in Wilmington.

Named for a longtime member of the Delaware Senate, the 470-foot-long multimodal bridge over the Christina River includes two 12-foot travel lanes, a separated 14-foot-wide bicycle and pedestrian path and more than 1.5 miles of new and improved roads, sidewalks, parking and drainage upgrades.

RK&K’s engineering techniques include the state’s first application of a precast concrete spliced girder bridge design and helped reduce construction time.

The infrastructure provides a multimodal connection between the Wilmington Riverfront’s west bank development and Market/Walnut Streets to the east.

The project is eligible for additional honors as part of 173 entries this year representing engineering excellence from throughout the nation and the world. Judging for the awards program — known in the field as the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry” — took place in February and was conducted by a national 20-member panel.

Recognition of all award winners will take place during the 2021 Virtual EEA Gala on June 17.