The landmark Rich Street Bridge crowned the downtown Columbus, Ohio riverfront when it opened in 2012. Designed by the award-winning bridge engineers at Burgess & Niple (B&N), the Rich Street Bridge was completed in time for the city’s bicentennial celebrations and caps off the transformation of the Columbus riverfront.
The 563-foot modern rib arch structure was built in a new location to replace the deteriorating Town Street Bridge. The Rich Street Bridge improves connectivity between downtown and neighboring Franklinton and will bolster economic development.
The new span complements the City’s historic district while blending with the family of arch bridges along the Scioto River. The $18.5 million (construction) Rich Street Bridge features:
The distinctive bridge design required complex engineering. Design innovation led to benefits including construction time and cost savings and reduced long-term maintenance needs. Highlights include:
B&N engineers made refinements during the design process that shortened construction by seven months and reduced estimated project costs by $10 million.
During his comments at the bridge opening ceremony, Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman called the Rich Street Bridge a history-making structure that is connected to the economic development of the community.
“It’s a beautiful bridge,” noted Mayor Coleman. “And our goal is to make the city better in every way, and this bridge will certainly be a part of making our city the best city in the nation to live, to work and to raise a family.”
B&N teamed with Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner and Bridgescape, LLC to create the iconic bridge.
The Rich Street Bridge has been recognized by a number of industry organizations at the local, regional and national level.