‘Diverging Diamond’ Project Wins Grand Prize
March 4, 2016
'Diverging Diamond' Project Wins Grand Prize
FORT WAYNE -
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Indiana has awarded its top annual road project honor to a project in Fort Wayne. The "diverging diamond" interchange at Interstate 69 and State Road 1 is the 2016 Grand Project Award winner.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says the award is considered the state's highest engineering honor. The $3.5 million project was designed by Ohio-based Burgess & Niple Inc., which has an office in Indianapolis.
An estimated 40,000 people travel through the intersection each day.
The ACEC says the award recognizes "outstanding engineering achievements that demonstrate a high degree of merit and ingenuity." Works are judged on technical innovation, social and economic value, among other considerations.
The interchange connects to the city's network of trails. It opened to traffic at the end of 2014. Last year, officials in Johnson County cut the ribbon on a similar, but larger-scale diverging diamond interchange over I-65, south of Indianapolis.