Jerilyn Hassard, an engineer with Modjeski and Master's Edwardsville office, has received the 2019 “Innovative Transportation Award” from WTS St. Louis in recognition of her work on the Martin Luther King Bridge Approach Structure Replacement project.

hassard jerilynnThe award salutes an innovative transportation project led by a woman.

The Martin Luther King Bridge has connected St. Louis and East St. Louis for more than 65 years. The 4,000-foot, three-lane bridge stretches over the Mississippi River, connecting Interstates 55 and 64, U.S. 40, and Martin Luther King Drive with the downtown streets of St. Louis.

The MLK Bridge Approach Structure Replacement project replaced the 16-span MLK Approach structure over Illinois Route 3, various railroads, Missouri Avenue, and I-55SB/I-64WB with a new five-span composite steel plate girder structure consisting of four straight spans and one curved span. Upon the decision to fully close the MLK Bridge and ramps, seven additional structures with various types of maintenance repairs were added to the project.

Hassard, a resident of Staunton, managed the project team, coordinating between several agencies, and providing the major last-minute bridge repair additions.

“The MLK Bridge Approach Replacement project was a great project with a diverse project team," she said. "It just so happens that many of the incredible team members I was privileged to work with were women. It would not have been as successful as it was without all of them.”

The Martin Luther King Bridge has served as a key point of traffic relief and is a vital connection needed to efficiently move traffic through these communities. The rehabilitation project has helped to ensure the bridge will be able to continue playing this role for years to come.

More information about her work on the MLK Bridge rehabilitation is at https://www.modjeski.com/insights/rehabilitating-the-martin-luther-king-bridge/.

Hassard joined M&M in 1998, and is a senior project manager with the firm’s Edwardsville office. She is a skilled structural engineer having served in various capacities on bridge design projects.

About WTS St. Louis

The mission of the St. Louis Metropolitan Chapter of WTS is to enhance the careers of women in the transportation field and prepare them for leadership roles in the 21st Century. The St. Louis Metropolitan Chapter will accomplish this by creating local, state and national exposure for women to have networking and professional development opportunities, recognition for their work and provide learning to enable them to influence public policy.