City of Dublin
The existing Avery Road two-lane bridge, located at one of the primary entrances to the City of Dublin and world renowned Muirfield Village Golf Club, was in need of widening. Burgess & Niple was retained to develop preliminary and final designs for a new six-lane bridge and interchange improvements. One of the primary requirements of the project was to provide a visually appealing bridge and interchange with extensive landscaping. A haunched single exposed span bridge was selected to replace the existing four-span bridge, eliminating median and shoulder piers.
The design is the first of its kind in Ohio utilizing a large center span of 191 feet and short hidden 33-foot end spans with post-tensioned high-strength steel rod anchorages. This type of design allows for a dramatic and gracefully thin clear-span structure over the U.S. 33/S.R. 161 expressway. The bridge makes extensive use of stone facing, ornate railing and fencing, special pedestrian lighting, architectural pylons, and other features that result in an aesthetic structure. More than $1.5 million in landscaping and irrigation system improvements are provided, including the first aesthetic use of ponds and fountains in an Ohio interchange. All of these features combine to create a notable gateway entrance to the City of Dublin. Construction costs were $8.9 million.
This project received a 2001 Prize Bridge Competition Merit Award in the Medium Span Category from the National Steel Bridge Alliance, a 2002 Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Ohio and a 2002 Outstanding Highway Industry Project Award from the American Society of Highway Engineers.