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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Original Fifth Street Bridge. Photo: Sunbelt Structures Inc. The newly constructed Fifth Street Bridge over I-75/I-85 provides a user-friendly environment with a roadway, traffic lanes, bicycle lanes, sidewalks, lawns, and planters. Photo: ARCADIS U.S. Inc. 22 | ASPIRE , Winter 2008 Located in the heart of Midtown, the recently completed Fifth Street Bridge is quite unlike other bridges that cross the I-75/I-85 downtown connector in Atlanta, Georgia. At bridge level, it is difficult to tell that this is a bridge at all. It more closely resembles a small park with wide sidewalks, grassy lawns, shrubbery, and benches. Trees and a trellis provide shade from the intense summer sun that beats down on Atlanta. The new Fifth Street Bridge reconnects neighborhoods that were once isolated from the downtown area by the 16 lanes of northbound and southbound traffic on I-75/I-85. It links the main Georgia Institute of Technology campus to the university's east campus at Technology Square, which was completed in 2003. Technology Square is home to a hotel and conference center; the College of Management; Georgia Tech Global Learning Center; Economic Development Institute; Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development; Georgia Tech Bookstore; and a host of restaurants, shops, and other businesses. The entire Midtown community is now unified by this inviting green span that provides a pedestrian-, bicycle-, and transit-friendly connection over the vehicular traffic that uses Atlanta's streets daily. The original Fifth Street Bridge was constructed in the mid-1980s as a two- span, continuous steel-plate-girder profile FIFth StREEt P EDEStRI an Plaza BRIDgE / AtlAntA , G Eo RGIA ENgiNEER: ARCADIS U.S. Inc., Atlanta, Ga. TiEBACk WAll ENgiNEER: Hayward Baker Inc., Alpharetta, Ga. ARChiTECT: Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates, Atlanta, Ga. P RiME CoNTRACToR: Sunbelt Structures Inc., tucker, Ga. P RECASTER (BEAMS): Standard Concrete Products, Atlanta, Ga., a PCI-Certified Producer P RECASTER (MSE AND MiSCEllANEouS PRECAST PANElS): MC Precast Inc., Atlanta, Ga. AwArdS: 2007 PCI Bridge Design Award for the Best non-Highway Bridge and Co-Winner of the Best Sustainable Design Fifth Street Pedestrian Plaza Bridge by Jim Aitken, ARCADIS U.S. Inc.; Mike Clements, Georgia DOT; and Tim Schmitz, formerly with ARCADIS U.S. Inc. Reconnecting Neighborhoods in Midtown, Atlanta 10973_ASPIRE_win08.indb 22 12/12/07 3:29:15 PM