Planning a new bridge in a pinch
The Cumberland Street Bridge venture was a big job that affected a lot of people. The project was sandwiched between an operating paper mill and a historical bed and breakfast. We minimized impact on the paper mill by working with the owner to ensure that effects on business would be minimal—and also made certain that bridge work didn’t affect river views at the bed and breakfast. This congested urban area, with over 15,000 vehicles passing through each day, meant a challenging scenario for our team.
We’d been designing the new bridge plan for some time when it turned into an emergency effort. A piece of concrete crumbled off of the existing bridge, and that led to a temporary closure. This cut five months out of our design time. With an already challenging site and a significant history of flooding, time was of the essence.
But we completed the bridge four months ahead of schedule. Before construction, President Obama even mentioned the bridge in a speech as an example of our nation needing an infrastructure upgrade; we’re privileged to be the creative team behind designing this essential piece of our community.
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