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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30 | ASPIRE , Summer 2007 By mid-2007 drivers on I-280 through the heart of Toledo will see the city from new vantage points 136 ft above the Maumee River. A striking cable- stayed signature bridge, featuring a single 400-ft-tall central pylon and twin 612-ft 6-in. spans, is the result of a vision begun nearly 20 years ago by the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG). The $220 million structure will soon be completed under the administration of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). The top of the sculpted pylon delivers on a public expectation to showcase glass, reflecting on Toledo's industrial heritage of glass manufacturing. Except for 3 ft at the top, the uppermost 199 ft of the pylon is clad on all four sides in specially manufactured glass. The glass is designed to reflect the sky during the day and shine with more than 16 million color combinations across the skyline at night, courtesy of hundreds of LED fixtures. To deliver on the public's direction during FIGG Bridge Design Charettes™ required: • Innovation to create the cable-stayed cradle that conveys the largest stays in the world (156 strands) through the pylon; • Persistence to determine how glass could creatively be showcased on a transportation project; • Exacting dedication to the idea that this landmark bridge would shine over Toledo for more than 100 years; and • Be bid within the budget. To create this unique and lasting landmark, the FIGG team worked closely with ODOT and the Program M a n a g e m e n t C o n s u l t a n t ( P M C ) , a joint venture of HNTB and Parsons Brinckerhoff. Linda Figg, President/CEO of FIGG appreciated the importance of ODOT's overall plan, saying, "Through the vision and talent of the Ohio Department of Transportation, a team came together to achieve success for the community. ODOT understood the importance of the communities' voice in achieving a landmark bridge." Interstate 280 currently crosses the Maumee River in the heart of Toledo on the Craig Memorial Bridge, one of the few remaining movable bridges on the interstate system. An average of profile VeTerans' glass CiTy skyWay / tolED o, ohIo BridgE dEsignEr/ConstruCtion EnginEEring insPECtion: fIgg, tallahassee, fla. ProjECt managEr Consultant: hntB/Parsons Brinckerhoff, toledo, ohio ContraCtor: Bilfinger Berger Civil, Inc., Vancouver, Wash. ConCrEtE: Integrated Resources, Inc.—a division of the Stansley group, toledo, ohio and kuhlman Concrete, toledo, ohio Veterans' Glass City Skyway Toledo's Newest landmark Ready to Shine by Michael Gramza, Ohio Department of Transportation and Jeff Walters, FIGG ASPIRE_Summer_2007.indb 30 5/15/07 11:42:20 AM