Modjeski and Masters Receives Be Inspired Award for Innovation in Bridges for Huey P. Long Bridge Widening Project


New Orleans, LA – November 27, 2012 – Modjeski and Masters, a bridge engineering firm responsible for the design and creation of many of the nation’s most iconic bridges, announced that it has been awarded a 2012 Be Inspired Award for Innovation in Bridges from Bentley Systems, Inc. Modjeski and Masters received the award for the Huey P. Long Bridge widening project in New Orleans, LA.

“The Huey P. Long Bridge widening project is an important project for our team because of its historical significance, and we are honored to receive this global recognition as we approach the final stages of the bridge widening,” said Bruce Peterson, PE, Project Manager for Huey P. Long and Senior Associate, Modjeski and Masters. “Modjeski and Masters has been involved with the Huey P. Long Bridge since the beginning when Ralph Modjeski designed it in the 1930s. An expansion of this size is unprecedented in the industry, and we are proud of our team for their commitment to delivering innovative solutions that have made possible what is now one of the largest bridge construction projects in the state of Louisiana.”
The Be Inspired Innovation in Bridges award recognizes projects that demonstrate how advanced technology can enhance problem solving at every stage of the project delivery process, from planning, design and engineering to construction simulation and analysis. The $1.2 billion Huey P. Long Bridge widening project expands the combined rail and highway bridge from two 9-foot highway travel lanes to three 11-foot travel lanes in each direction, with eight-foot outside and two-foot inside shoulders. The project utilized Bentley’s LEAP CONSPAN to design Type III, IV and BT prestressed girders used in the approaches to the main bridge.
Each year, Bentley’s Be Inspired Awards honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world’s infrastructure. The awards seek to advance innovation and best practices in design, engineering, construction, operations and project delivery, and to promote the extraordinary work of the organizations that help sustain the world’s infrastructure. Twenty recipients were recognized at the annual Be Inspired: Innovations in Infrastructure event held Nov. 13 – 14, 2012 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
About Modjeski and Masters
Modjeski and Masters is one of the world’s leading bridge engineering firms, with a reputation for technical excellence and innovation that goes beyond current standards. Established nearly 120 years ago, the firm has been responsible for the design and maintenance of some of our nation’s most recognizable structures. Services include fixed and movable bridge design, inspection and rehabilitation, and all facets of lifecycle maintenance, research and code development. For more information, including in-depth videos of Modjeski and Masters at work, please visit