Burgess & Niple (B&N) was retained by the Ohio Department of Transportation to design
a replacement bridge for the City of Hamilton, Ohio. Built in 1914, the existing
bridge spanning the Great Miami River was deteriorating and could no longer support
the City’s growing population.
A significant community structure connecting the City’s business and historic districts,
the previous bridge was eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. B&N’s
design maintains historical and aesthetic features important to the community, including
the use of a concrete arch shape and metal decorative railings that maintain views
of the river. Decorative medallions that depict Hamilton’s history also were incorporated
into the design.
The new 500-foot structure is a five span, spliced precast and post-tensioned concrete
girder bridge designed to accommodate traffic volumes projected to reach 54,000
vehicles per day by 2025. In addition to improving traffic flow, the bridge was
built in compliance with stringent hydraulic, utility and traffic restrictions,
and aesthetic requirements mandated by a Memorandum of Agreement. Construction was
completed at a cost of $16.4 million.
The High-Main Bridge received the Outstanding New Short Span Bridge Award
from the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the Association for Bridge Construction and
Design in 2007; an Outstanding Achievement Award from the American
Council of Engineering Companies of Ohio in 2008; the Donald C. Schramm Transportation
Improvement Award from the Triko Valley Chapter of the American Society
of Highway Engineers in 2008; and the Eugene C. Figg Jr. Medal for Signature
Bridges from the International Bridge Conference in 2008.