Last week ended on a high note when I received word that our Fairchild Avenue Bridge Project is receiving the local Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers “Outstanding Highway Project Award” for 2014.
This is the second award recognition for the Fairchild Avenue Bridge project and although it may not be as glamorous as our downtown revitalization it is another great example of a project that has won the admiration of our peers and is recognized as being best in class.
Every project we do has a team of staff busy behind the scenes that work their magic and turn lead into infrastructure gold and this award is a credit to the resourcefulness of the Kent team that worked alongside ODOT to somehow keep this enormously complicated and ambitious project on track and on budget — and transformed one of our busiest gateways into a safe and attractive front door to our downtown.
For an engineering staff of our size it is remarkable how much work they have produced over the last 5 years — and as this news reminds us, they did their work really well.
I had a comparatively small role in the Fairchild Avenue Bridge project but I have great pride in the end result, so I hope everyone — from the residents that served on the Study Committee, to City Council and all of the staff — shares in a piece of hometown pride from this award.