Rich Street Bridge is an open-spandrel arch bridge over the Scioto River on Rich Street and US Route 62 in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
The Town Street Bridge, a closed-spandrel arch bridge constructed to carry Town Street over the Scioto River in 1917, was closed to traffic because of structural deterioration on July 22, 2008. 1
Planning for a new crossing at Rich Street began shortly thereafter, and groundbreaking ceremonies for the new bridge were held on March 12, 2010. 5 Designed by Burgess and Niple of Columbus and 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 use of precast concrete segments instead of poured concrete shortened construction by seven months and reduced expenses by $10 million. 2
The arches were completed by August 2011, 2 and the new Rich Street Bridge opened to traffic on July 6, 2012. 3 It cost $36 million to complete, with funding derived from $3.2 million from federal sources, $2.1 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and $4.24 million from the Ohio Public Works Commission.
The new Rich Street Bridge received numerous awards and honors over its design and construction: 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
- State: Ohio
- Route: US Route 62, Rich Street
- Type: Open Spandrel Arch
- Status: Active - Automobile
- Total Length: 700 feet (1917); 568 feet (2012)
- Main Span Length: 113 feet (1917); 139 feet (2012)
- Deck Width: 40 feet (1917); 37 feet (2012)
- Navigational Clearance:
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- Evans, Walker. “Rich Street Bridge Officially Opens Downtown.” Columbus Underground, 6 Jul. 2012, article.
- “The Rich Street Bridge.” Burgess & Niple, article.
- “Construction Begins On New Rich Street Bridge.” 10TV, 16 Mar. 2010.