The Department of Transportation is honored and pleased to announce the recognition of a prestigious award presented by the County Engineer Association of Maryland (CEAM) during their annual meeting in Ocean City, Maryland.
The Department of Transportation received the highest honor for the “Large Project of the Year” in recognition of an outstanding project that addresses the needs of the citizens, provide a cost effective solution and demonstrates innovative engineering and construction. The award was given for the 26th Street Emergency Repairs and Retaining Wall Reconstruction.
On April 30, 2014 at approximately 4:15 p.m. a portion of a retaining wall along the south side of 26th Street collapsed onto CSX tracks below between Charles and St. Paul Streets. Debris and soil fell onto the CSX tracks, which damaged the railways and stopped all train traffic in the area. Utility lines including waste water and gas lines were also damaged. Residents were evacuated from their homes and Charles Street was closed to traffic between 25th and 27th Streets. We completed the entire project in a little over a year. “We are proud to receive this honor for our relentless work on the 26th Street retaining wall which was completed in approximately 8 months” says Director William Johnson.
The County of Engineer Association of Maryland (CEAM) is an organization that provides a forum for new ideas and is an advocate for the infrastructure needs of the entire state. It is the collective voice of those who are responsible for the basic services of government and whose jobs affect the health and safety of every citizen. The Association promotes professional education and an adherence to the highest standards of engineering, construction, management, and public policy. It maintains an active presence in the State capital, placing its public trust above all considerations, whether partisan or monetary.
The Department of Transportation also received a Merit Award for the Inner Harbor East Improvement Project from the CEAM.