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Field Notes

Welcome to our Field Notes podcast, where we interview industry personalities with interesting stories to tell.

Mike Grubb's exhaustive writing on steel bridge design led to him earning one of the profession's highest honors

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Weekly Jigsaw Puzzle

New Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge

The New Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge

Fun fact: The 2024 Bridge of the Year has an optical illusion hidden in plain sight!

Each of the three arches in the New Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge has a variable hexagonal cross section. The arches are designed to cast shadows that make them look even more graceful and slender than they already are, creating the visual effect of a stone skipping across the water.

Enjoy a unique view of this landmark Washington, D.C. bridge when you assemble our puzzle of the week, at !

Curious for more? Visit to read up on each of the eight innovative crossings that won Prize Bridge Awards in 2024.

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