The Lower Hudson Valley Branch of the American Society of Engineers has selected Moretrench’s Old Croton Trailway Project to be the recipient of the 2017 Ward House Award for Small Project of the Year. This award is presented for a minor and complex civil engineering project in the Lower Hudson Valley and is named after the Ward House in Rye Brook, New York, which has been designated by ASCE and the American Concrete Institute as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Selection of the award is made by the Lower Hudson Valley Branch Board. The Old Croton project came out ahead of the other projects considered based on a number of factors including complexity, design, and overall success.
The job itself involved replacement of a failed 185-year-old masonry brick retaining wall supporting the landmarked Old Croton Aqueduct. The failure caused a significant landslide. Challenges involved with installing the permanent soldier pile and concrete lagging replacement wall included a fast-track schedule, extremely tight access, and constructability of the new wall on a steeply sloping and unstable site. You can read the full project summary here.