The Rich Street Bridge spans the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio and is currently under construction, replacing the concrete arch Town Street Bridge. It will connect the Town Street in the Franklinton neighborhood with Rich Street in downtown.

History

The Rich Street Bridge replaced the earthen-filled concrete arch Town Street Bridge, which was constructed in 1917.(1) The new structure is a five-span concrete rib-arch bridge that inclues three traffic lanes and ten-foot sidewalks, and is decorated in a veterans’ theme.(2)(3) The spans measure to be 75.3-feet, 135.10-feet, 139.10-feet, 135.10-feet and 75.3-feet, for a total length of 562-feet.

The project involved the rebuilding of West Bank Park, and the replacement 100-plus-year-old. water and combined sewer lines, and the installation of a new water main, storm drains, sewer lines and underground electrical conduits.(1)(2) Second Street was also converted to two-way status and both Second and Washington Boulevard was rehabilitated with new sidewalks, bio-retention planter cells.

Costs of the project included $7,839,890 for design, $21,900,019 for construction and $2,187,848 for inspection, with a total project cost of $31,927,757.(2) The bridge was financed with $7,839,890 in local revenues for the design of the bridge, with the Ohio Department of Transportation contributing $15,547,011 (maximum $17 million), a federal earmark adding $3,216,423, the Ohio Public Works Commission adding $3,262,716 (maximum $6 million) and the federal stimulus contributing $2,061,717.

Construction began in March 2010 and was completed in July 2012.(1)(2)

Statistics

  • Type: Concrete Rib-Arch
  • Longest Span Length: 139.10-feet
  • Total Length: 562-feet
Sources
  1. “Rich Street Bridge Project Information.” Paving the Way. City of Columbus, n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2012. Article.
  2. “Rich Street Bridge Replacement.” Division of Design and Construction. City of Columbus, 30 Jan. 2012. Web. 14 Mar. 2012.
  3. “Rich Street Bridge, Columbus, OH.” FINLEY Engineering, 2012. Web. 14 Mar. 2012. Article.