Woolpert to Design Bridge Widening, Interchange Improvement

BROOKVILLE, Ohio (Oct. 21, 2015) — The  Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has contracted with  Woolpert to prepare full-scale design plans for the widening of Arlington Road Bridge on County Road 9 over Interstate 70 in Montgomery County.

The design and construction of the project are expected to cost about $10.9 million.

Woolpert will design the replacement of the bridge superstructure and the widening of the piers and abutments to allow for the addition of a center turn lane and a sidewalk, while meeting the required vertical clearance over I-70.

The addition of a sidewalk is intended to improve connectivity for the anticipated relocation of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to a site just northwest of the bridge.

The vertical clearance over I-70 will be altered to accommodate the increase in oversize vehicles and interstate commercial traffic. The national minimum clearance for interstate bridges is 16 feet, but ODOT prefers a minimum vertical clearance of 16 feet, 6 inches.

“We’ll need to adjust the lowest portion of the bridge by about 6 inches,” said Mike Avellano, Woolpert project manager.  

The contract stipulates that the most cost-effective and least-disruptive methods will be used to widen the existing structure to expedite construction and accommodate traffic at the interchange. As a result, bridge closures will be kept to a minimum during construction.

Woolpert has multiple years of experience designing high-level bridges for public agencies, including ODOT and private companies.

“We understand the high-profile nature of this interchange and its importance to the city of Brookville,” Avellano said.

About Woolpert

Woolpert is a national architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm that delivers value to clients by strategically blending engineering excellence with leading-edge technology and geospatial applications. With a dynamic R&D department, Woolpert works with inventive business partners like Google; operates a fleet of planes, sensors and unmanned aerial systems (UAS); and continually pushes industry boundaries by working with advanced water technologies, asset management, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and sustainable design. Woolpert’s mission is to help its clients progress—and become more progressive. For over 100 years and with more than 25 offices across the United States, Woolpert serves the needs of federal, state and local governments; private and public companies and universities; energy and transportation departments; and the United States Armed Forces. For more information, visit  woolpert.com or call 937-531-1258.

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