In keeping with the Diocese’s desire to have an aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective structure, similar to the original truss, the use of a prefabricated truss system was proposed.
Once the span arrangement was finalized, TRC performed the required hydraulic analysis and prepared the NPDES permit needed for construction.
To enhance the structure’s aesthetics, a number of visual enhancements were incorporated into the project. Included were low maintenance cast aluminum poles painted black to match the rail elements on the bridge; use of tear drop shaped lights; cut stone form liners; structural steel tube guiderails; and a contrasting black and bright red color scheme.
TRC prepared the construction plans for the project which included the approach roadway, abutment drawings, quantities and all notes necessary for the construction of the project. TRC also coordinated an on-site mandatory pre-bid meeting, assisted the Diocese with the bid package preparation and solicitation, and provided inspection and engineering support services during the construction phase.
The ultimate success of the project earned TRC a Gold Award in Structural Systems from the West Virginia Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).