New Bridge Crowns Columbus, Ohio Riverfront
July 10, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The completion of the landmark Rich Street Bridge in downtown Columbus
was celebrated at a ribbon cutting held on July 6. Designed by Burgess & Niple (B&N),
the official opening marks the final step in replacing three historic, arch bridges
that create an iconic new image along the City’s riverfront.
During his comments at the bridge opening, Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman emphasized
the access the bridge will provide to help adjacent neighborhoods flourish and prosper.
“This is a beautiful bridge,” noted Mayor Coleman. “It is connected to the economic
development of this community.”
The 563-foot Rich Street Bridge includes:
- A modern precast open rib arch structure with five spans and three lanes
- A design that complements the neighboring historic district while blending with
the nearby family of arch bridges
- Architectural lighting
- Pedestrian-friendly features such as wide sidewalks, a plaza and utilities for use
during festival events
The distinctive bridge design required complex engineering. B&N engineers made refinements
during the design process that shortened construction by seven months and reduced
estimated project costs by $10 million.
The City has already utilized the pedestrian-friendly features designed specifically
for downtown events. The bridge was temporarily opened to pedestrians during the
Columbus Arts Festival in June and the City’s July 4th celebration – Red, White
& Boom – on July 3.
B&N teamed with Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner and Bridgescape, LLC to create the
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