The American Council of Engineering Companies/Maryland’s (ACEC/MD) annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition recognizes engineering firms for projects that demonstrate a high degree of innovation, achievement, and value. In a two-step process, firms can submit their outstanding projects for consideration, culminating in our Annual Awards Banquet being held in association with Engineers Week. See below for more information:


2019 Grand Award Winner

Maryland 404 Design-Build

Client | Maryland Department of Transportation – State Highway Administration

Consultant | Wallace Montgomery

Location | Talbot, Queen Anne’s, and Caroline Counties, MD

MD Route 404 is a 55-mph principal arterial roadway that connects US Route 50 to the Delmarva Region.  It serves commuters, commercial trucking, local farming community, and seasonal motorists, especially during the highly-congested summer beach season on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. About 20,000 vehicles—roughly 10% trucks—travel the highway daily. During summertime peak, daily volume jumps to 23,000 vehicles and growing. The existing MD 404 two-lane facility operated at substandard levels of service during those summertime peak-hours. From 2005 to 2014, there were 402 crashes and 12 fatalities—nearly twice the statewide average for similar highways. 

The project widened the remaining two-lane roadway segments between US 50 and Holly Road to provide a continuous, dualized four-lane divided highway from US 50 to east of Denton, Maryland. Additional improvements included tie-ins with existing dualized roadways; a bridge over Norwich Creek; roadway culvert crossings of streams and waterways; rehabilitated pavement; drainage and stormwater management (SWM) systems; roadway lighting, signing, and pavement markings; intelligent transportation systems (ITS), and landscaping. 

In June 2015, Governor Hogan challenged MDOT SHA and the A/E/C community to make MD 404 safer and to improve its capacity—as quickly as possible. Original projections targeted a mid-2019 completion. The new target aimed for completion by Thanksgiving 2017. Design and construction for widening over nine miles of roadway were combined into one design-build contract. Through team dedication (and 375,000 injury-free labor hours) the design-build team applied innovative, cost-effective solutions with cooperative partnering and completed the MD 404 improvements, while incorporating environmental stewardship.  Improvements eliminated cross-over traffic from side streets; provided protected left-turns; consolidated access points; and improved intersection geometry to greatly reduce the potential for severe collisions with MD 404 mainline traffic.  The Team’s innovative methods achieved and exceeded the project’s purpose.


Other Winners

  • MD 331 Over Choptank River (Dover Bridge) | Maryland Department of Transportation – State Highway Administration
A. Morton Thomas & Associates, Inc.
  • Oxford Conservation Park | Talbot County
EBA Engineering, Inc.
  • Woodstock Road Retaining Wall Emergency Replacement | Howard County Department of Public Works
Gannett Fleming
  • Bel Air Impoundment | Maryland American Water Co.
KCI Technologies Inc.
  • Bowie Pipe Bursting Pilot | City of Bowie Department of Public Works
Rummel, Klepper and Kahl, LLP (RK&K)
  • Reconnecting West Baltimore/Fulton Avenue Bridge Over US 40  | City of Baltimore
Sabra & Associates, Inc. 
  • Howard Street – Audible Visual Pedestrian Train Warning Signs | Maryland Department of Transportation – Maryland Transit Administration
Whitman, Requardt
  • Enhanced Nutrient Removal at Back River Water Resource Recovery Facility | City of Baltimore Department of Public Works
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