David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle Pedestrian
Bridge Wins Top Honors at ACEC’s 2010
Engineering Excellence Awards National
April 30, 2010 09:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time
SAN FRANCISCO--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--T.Y. Lin International (TYLI), a globally recognized full-
service infrastructure consulting firm, is proud to announce that the David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle Pedestrian
Bridge in San Diego, California, is the winner of an Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering
Companies (ACEC) 2010 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) national competition. Known as the “Academy
Awards” of the engineering industry, the EEA recognizes design excellence for engineering accomplishments of
private engineering firms.
The 1000-ft crossing of Lake Hodges provides an access route for bicycle and pedestrian traffic by connecting two
separate portions of the existing 55-mile Coast to Crest Trail within the San Dieguito River Valley Regional Open
Space Park. Known as the world’s longest stress ribbon bridge, this structure uses a 16-inch-thick concrete deck to
span 330 feet between supports for an amazing depth to span ratio of 1:248. The bridge can achieve such a
remarkable depth to span ratio since it is actually a cable-supported bridge with the bearing cables embedded within
its concrete deck. The result is a thin ribbon of concrete that creates a very low visual impact to its natural setting
across the lake. “It’s the perfect design, a thin ribbon of concrete that almost disappears into the distance,” says
Tony Sanchez, TYLI Senior Bridge Engineer.
TYLI accepted the award on April 27 at the EEA Gala in Washington, DC. This year’s EEA competition featured
163 projects from throughout the world including the Grand Conceptor Award for best overall engineering
achievement. Many industry leaders, Members of Congress, Cabinet members, federal agency officials and the
media attended the world-class, celebratory event.
In addition to the EEA, the David Kreitzer Lake Hodge