ASPIRE is a quarterly magazine published by PCI in cooperation with the associations of the National Concrete Bridge Council. The editorial content focuses on the latest technology and key issues in the Concrete Bridge Industry.
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Just in time for the Columbus Bicentennial celebration, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) put a ribbon over the Scioto River, which meanders through the 200-year-old city. A ribbon arch bridge, that is. Technically, the Rich Street Bridge is an engineering marvel, but did pose a few challenges. The bridge design required the use of a three-dimensional model using a finite element method to analyze the structure. The bridge is much more than a link between two points. The Rich Street Bridge is designed to support year-round festivals. Electrical and communication facilities are built into the sidewalks and controlled by master panels located within the columns at each corner of the bridge. Designed by a Columbus-based design firm, the bridge is a transitional art piece that spans the Scioto River, connecting the past, present, and future. "The Rich Street Bridge will complete the reconnection of Columbus' very first neighborhood 200 years ago, Franklinton, with our downtown," said Mayor Michael B. Coleman. "The Rich Street Bridge provides a link to jobs and will be a catalyst in the revitalization of Franklinton." The bridge is adorned with decorative lighting, above and below, and completes the recent reconstruction of the city's Bicentennial Park and the Scioto Mile River Walk and Promenade. The area features light shows, a musical amphitheater, and towering water fountains. The bridge was also center stage when Columbus hosted the famed Red, White, and Boom Fourth of July celebration, the largest fireworks display in the Midwest. Improving Connectivity The Rich Street Bridge replaces the historic concrete arch Town Street Bridge which was built in 1917. profile RICH STREET BRIDGE / COLUMBUS, OHIO BRIDGE DESIGN ENGINEER: Burgess and Niple, Columbus, Ohio CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING: Finley Engineering Group, Tallahassee, Fla. PRIME CONTRACTOR: Kokosing Construction Company, Fredericktown, Ohio CONCRETE SUPPLIER: Anderson Concrete, Columbus, Ohio PRECASTER: Prestress Services Industries LLC, Grove City, Ohio, a PCI-certified producer POST-TENSIONING CONTRACTOR: Kokosing Construction Company, Columbus, Ohio by C. J. Kiner, Ohio Department of Transportation District 6 Rich Street Bridge Project The Scioto River gets a ribbon for Columbus's 200th birthday The Rich Street Bridge was the perfect back-drop to Columbus's famed Red, White, and Boom Fourth of July celebration. Photo: Burgess & Niple. 26 | ASPIRE , Fall 2012 P R O J E C T AspireBook_Fall12.indb 26 9/18/12 8:58 AM