Renowned New Orleans Bridge Designer Dies at 84


William B. “Bing” Conway, P.E., L.S., F.ASCE, principal-in-charge for eight award-winning Mississippi River crossing projects, has died. He was 84.

From 1969 to 2007, Conway was a partner in the firm Modjeski and Masters, and served as CEO from 1992 to 2004. He oversaw the Greater New Orleans No. 2 Bridge, which was the second-longest cantilever span in the United States.

Born in Southhampton, NY, and educated at Dartmouth College, where he earned the nickname “Bing” for his resemblance to Bing Crosby, Conway moved in 1961 to New Orleans, where he lived and worked the rest of his life.

Conway received the John A. Roebling Medal for lifetime achievement in bridge engineering. He was active in various New Orleans charities, including the St. Thomas Community Healthy Clinic.

Conway is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and by seven children and 19 grandchildren.


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