THE CONCRETE BRIDGE MAGAZINE

SPRING 2009

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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profile FoRTy FooT PedeSTRIA n B RIdge / TOWAMENCIN TOWNSHIP, MONTGOMERY C OUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA FundI nG / Const R uC t I on PaRtnER : Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 6 s t RuCtuRal EnGInEER: QBS International Inc., Pennsauken, N.J. B RI dGE dEsIGnER: Simone Collins Inc. Landscape Architecture, Berwyn, Pa. C I vIl EnGInEER: McMahon Associates Inc, Fort Washington, Pa. GEotEChnICal EnGInEER: GeoStructures Inc., King of Prussia, Pa. P RImE ContRaCtoR: RoadCon Inc., West Chester, Pa. AwArds: Award of Excellence, 2008 – Portland Concrete Association (PCA); Project of the Year, 2007 – American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Delaware Valley Chapter (projects over $5 million) Integrating art and Engineering in Public Infrastructure by William Collins, Simone Collins Inc. Forty Foot Pedestrian Bridge It took Towamencin Township over twelve years of planning, design, and construction to depress the alignment of State Route 63 and construct the new Forty Foot Pedestrian Bridge as the context-sensitive signature of an 8100-ft-long highway improvement project. The new 40-ft-wide by 80-ft-long concrete bridge spans the highway known as Forty Foot Road in Montgomery County, Pa. The bridge creates a safe and accessible pedestrian link over the five lanes of traffic that bisect the new Towamencin Town Center. 1 T h e P e n n s y l v a n i a D e p a r t m e n t o f Transportation (PennDOT) served as the construction and funding partner for the transportation improvements that were planned and engineered by the township to integrate smart land-use strategies that included parks, trails, streetscape amenities, structured parking, and incentives for private mixed-use development. Towmencin Township designed and built a municipal road around the project area as a bypass to maintain state highway and turnpike-bound traffic. This early investment in infrastructure allowed Forty Foot Road to be closed for roadway excavation and bridge construction with reduced traffic maintenance costs, and created a valuable new asset for motorists and local developers. The bridge was built as a turnkey element for Township ownership after completion in 2007. The Forty Foot Bridge under night traffic reveals many of its aesthetic features. All photos: Simone Collins Landscape Architecture. 22 | ASPIRE , Spring 2009 Aspire_spr09.indb 22 3/11/09 4:15:56 PM

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