Below the mast line is the introduction to a piece that the Executive Director wrote regarding the importance of consulting local communities, which appeared in the Winter 2019 edition of Aspire - Concrete Bridge magazine...Full article is available at this link (as PDF or Flipbook): http://www.aspirebridge.com/magazine/2019Winter/index.shtml
When embarking on a bridge project, owners, designers, and contractors alike
should be aware of the role that local communities will play in determining whether the project succeeds. When government agencies and companies effectively engage the public, community members will understand issues related to structural requirements and have a voice in discussions about aesthetic choices, funding, and the project’s impact on the locality.
Encouraging public engagement also demonstrates that those involved in the project will act transparently and will be held accountable for their actions. In the digital age, sharing information is relatively simple, but genuine communication requires creative effort and an openness to dialogue.