Rich Street Bridge (US 62)

Rich Street Bridge is an open-spandrel arch bridge over the Scioto River on Rich Street and US 62 in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

Rich Street Bridge


The original crossing of the Scioto River in the vicinity of the Rich Street Bridge in downtown Columbus was located along Town Street. The closed-spandrel arch bridge was constructed in 1917. Due to structural deterioration, the Town Street Bridge was closed to traffic on July 22, 2008.

The new Rich Street Bridge was designed by Burgess and Niple of Columbus and was constructed by the Kokosing Construction Company of Westerville. 1 Work included the fabrication of precast concrete components in Grove City and the construction of a temporary rock causeway for pier construction. Eight temporary support towers were then used to install and stabilize 52 precast concrete segments and during post-tensioning operations.

The changeover to precast concrete segments shortened construction by seven months and reduced expenses by $10 million. 2

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on March 12, 2010. 5 While construction of the arches were completed in August 2011, 2 it was not until July 6, 2012 that the new Rich Street crossing opened. 3 Connecting Town Street to Rich Street, it cost $36 million to complete. 3

Funding sources included $3.2 million in federal dollars, $2.1 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and $4.24 million from the Ohio Public Works Commission. 3

The bridge has received numerous awards and honors: 4

  • 2014 Bridge Design Award of Excellence, Portland Cement Association (PCA)
  • 2014 PCI Design Award: All Pre-cast Concrete Solution, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI)
  • 2014 PCI Design Award: Best Bridge with Main Span from 76 to 149 Feet, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI)
  • 2013 National Recognition Award, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
  • 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio
  • 2013 Project of the Year Award, American Society of Highway Engineers, Great Lakes Region
  • 2013 Outstanding New Short span Bridge Award, Association for Bridge Construction & Design, Northeastern Ohio Chapter
  • 2012 Outstanding Highway Project Award, American Society of Highway Engineers, Central Ohio Section
  • 2012 Peer’s Choice Award, American Society of Highway Engineers, Central Ohio Section
  • 2012 James B. Recchie Design & Preservation Award, Columbus Landmarks Foundation
  • Total Length (Town Street): 700 feet
  • Total Length (Rich Street): 568 feet
  • Main Span Length (Town Street): 113 feet
  • Main Span Length (Rich Street): 139.10 feet
  • Deck Width (Town Street): 40 feet
  • Deck Width (Rich Street): 37 feet
  1. Kiner, C. J. “Rich Street Bridge Project.” Aspire, Fall 2012, pp. 26-28.
  2. “Rich Street Bridge.” Finley Engineering Group, article.
  3. Evans, Walker. “Rich Street Bridge Officially Opens Downtown.” Columbus Underground, 6 Jul. 2012, article.
  4. “The Rich Street Bridge.” Burgess & Niple, article.
  5. “Construction Begins On New Rich Street Bridge.” 10TV, 16 Mar. 2010.

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