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Statue of Liberty Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary Print E-mail
The Statue of Liberty celebrated its 125th anniversary on October 28, 2011. Lady Liberty was designated as an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by ASCE and the Société des Ingénieurs et Scientifiques de France in 1985. It includes an internal iron framework supporting the copper that was designed by Alexandre-Gusteve Eiffel. The restoration project prior to the statue's centennial received ASCE's Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award in 1987.
Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge Print E-mail
RFK Bridge The Robert F. Kennedy Bridge celebrated its 75th Anniversary on July 11, 2011. Commonly thought as just of a suspension bridge across the East River, the 3.5-mile long complex also includes a vertical lift across the Harlem River, a truss bridge across the Bronx Kill, a viaduct across Randall's and Wards Islands and a three-legged roadway interchange and toll plaza complex.
Bayonne Bridge Will Be Raised to Accommodate Larger Ships Print E-mail
Bayonne Bridge When the widening of the Panama Canal is completed in 2014, a new generation of "Panamax" ships will begin to dock at ports along the East Coast. However, the existing 151-foot vertical clearance of the Bayonne Bridge would pose navigational issues for taller types of vessels using the Kill Van Kull to reach New Jersey's container terminals in Elizabeth and Newark.
3 East River Bridges Dedicated As Civil Engineering Landmarks Print E-mail
Queensboro Bridge Plaque On Friday, April 9, 2010, ASCE National President Blaine D. Leonard, Met Section officers, and officials from the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) dedicated three bridges spanning the East River—the Williamsburg Bridge, Queensboro Bridge, and Manhattan Bridge—as ASCE's newest National Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks.
Met Section Receives History & Heritage Citation from ASCE Print E-mail
Fireworks Display at Brooklyn Bridge 125th Anniversary The Metropolitan Section has been selected as a 2009 recipient of a History and Heritage Citation. The citation is given by ASCE's History and Heritage Committee and recognizes the role Sections and Branches play in promoting civil engineering history to the public and preserving the history of the field. The Met Section was recognized for its outreach activities over the course of the year, especially during the 125th anniversary celebration of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Three East River Bridges Approved for Landmark Status Print E-mail
Manhattan Bridge In October 2008, the Met Section submitted nominations for the Manhattan, Queensboro, and Williamsburg Bridges to ASCE's History and Heritage Committee (HHC) for National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark (NHCEL) status. The nomination packages included published papers, articles, and reports about the bridges and their designers. The HHC voted to recommend each of the bridges for designation as a NHCEL, which were formally approved by the ASCE Board of Direction on April 24, 2009. The Queensboro and Manhattan Bridges are both celebrating their 100th anniversaries in 2009.
Brooklyn Bridge 125th Anniversary Celebration Print E-mail
Special Lighting for the Brooklyn Bridge 125th Birthday CelebrationIn May 2008, New York City commemorated the 125th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge with a spectacular five-day birthday celebration featuring fireworks, light shows, a concert by the Brooklyn Philharmonic, a Brooklyn Bridge film series, historical walking tours, a series of lectures and readings at the Brooklyn Historical Society and Manhattan's Surrogate's Court, a 18-mile bicycle "Tour de Brooklyn", musical and dance performances, a miniature golf course with Brooklyn icons, the opening of a renovated pedestrian connection between the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO, and a telectroscope connection to London's Tower Bridge.
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