COLUMBUS, Ohio – Construction of the new Rich Street Bridge at the downtown riverfront in Columbus, Ohio is underway. A ground breaking ceremony, held March 10, 2010, marked the beginning of the construction phase for the new structure that will cross the Scioto River.
Burgess & Niple teamed with German engineering firm Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner and bridge architect/engineer Fred Gottemoeller of Bridgescape, LLC to collaboratively design the five-span, three-lane, precast concrete modern rib-arch bridge. The pedestrian-friendly structure also will feature plazas on each bank, bridge architectural lighting, decorative railing and utilities to support festival events.
The context sensitive design blends with existing bridges on the river corridor – the more classic style concrete arch girder Broad Street Bridge, also designed by B&N, and the modern inclined steel arch Main Street Bridge – to complete a family of arch-style bridges.
The Rich Street Bridge will take its place along the downtown riverfront at a new alignment just south of the former Town Street Bridge, which was demolished in March 2009 after being closed in July 2008 over safety concerns.
As part of the Rich Street Bridge project, B&N also designed improvements to portions of adjacent Second Street, Washington Boulevard, West Bank Park and Genoa Park and prepared plans for the demolition of the Town Street Bridge. Construction of the Rich Street Bridge is anticipated to be complete in August 2011.