Hanson wins award from ACEC of Illinois for emergency repair of collapsed rail bridge
Hanson Professional Services Inc. received an Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-IL) for its work on the emergency repair of Norfolk Southern Corp.’s collapsed bridge over the Grand River near Brunswick, Missouri.
Hanson, led by its Peoria, Illinois, office, worked with Norfolk Southern
Corp. and Massman Construction Co. to help Norfolk Southern quickly rebuild the
103-year-old bridge. The flooded river and a buildup of tree limbs had been
pushing on the bridge, leading Norfolk Southern to cut the rails Oct. 1, 2019,
to relieve pressure and prevent further damage to its rail line. A portion of
the bridge was wiped out within minutes. Four spans and three piers — about 267
feet of the 1,110-foot-long bridge — were swept away. The repair work was
finished in 27 days — several weeks ahead of the originally estimated 56-day
Hanson will be recognized April 8 during ACEC-IL’s virtual awards ceremony.
ACEC is a professional organization of 51 state and regional councils with
members from more than 5,000 engineering firms across the U.S. The annual
Engineering Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding achievements from member
firms. ACEC-IL Honor Award winners are eligible for the national competition.
Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering,
planning and allied services. The firm’s corporate headquarters is located at
1525 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62703. The office may be reached by phone at