The Maine Section of the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) instituted the Kitty Breskin Project of the Year Award in honor of the late Kitty Breskin, P.E., a Maine Department of Transportation engineer and a past-president of Maine ASCE.
AIT Bridges along with T.Y. Lin International, and T Buck Construction Inc. were selected as the 2021 Maine Section ASCE Kitty Breskin Award winner for the Grist Mill Bridge over the Souadabscook River Composite Tub Girder System. This first of its kind use of the composite bridge girders that were designed and fabricated right here in Maine continue the spirit of the work that Kitty Breskin so diligently supported.
As we said in our submission for the award:
This project has Maine written all over it. The concept, research, initial testing, and development occurred at UMaine’s ASCC. The design and fabrication of the girders was done by AIT Bridges in Brewer. T.Y. Lin International, located in Falmouth, performed all the major engineering and project management work. T Buck located in Turner, completed the construction. And ultimately, the MaineDOT will own and maintain this asset. Not only was this design the first of its kind in Maine, but this was also the first ever installation of this technology in the world.
When it comes to Maine’s infrastructure, the tough climate and demand we place on our structures, we rely heavily on the ingenuity of the people of Maine to innovate and utilize every resource available to improve our infrastructure and provide the best value. In this project, a collaboration of many Maine-based companies worked together to design, fabricate, and construct the first of its kind Composite Tub Girder System. With demonstrated capacity and resilient materials, this structure is slated to last generations and is a great example of what can be accomplished when the people of Maine work together. Now that this project has demonstrated how successful this structure type can be, other state DOTs will benefit from the work done and the lessons learned here in Maine.
We're so appreciative of the win.