When the City of Blue Springs, Mo., wanted a rail bridge design with the structural soundness to easily meet railroad permitting requirements yet a radically “outside the box” appearance, they selected TranSystems as their prime consultant. TranSystems provided five conceptual designs for the City’s consideration. The new bridge consists of three simple-spans of 26-ft., 87-ft., and 26-ft., constructed of parabolically-haunched steel plate girders with a cast-in-place ballasted deck. The haunched girders are complemented by a fabricated tubular steel hand railing parabolically-haunched to mirror the shape of the girders. Both the girders and the hand railing are painted a buff color. The foundations for the bridge are a combination of drilled shafts and driven pile. The substructure receives a form liner treatment similar to the adjacent retaining walls.
The project required close coordination with the City of Blue Springs as well as with Kansas City Southern. TranSystems prepared contract specifications for the structural and track items that were included with the City’s roadway portion. The roadway grading, retaining walls, bridge, and track work were bid as one package. The final grading and paving were bid and constructed separately.