In its annual Top Bridges List, Roads & Bridges magazine has ranked two TranSystems-designed bridges to its Top 10.
TranSystems has an accomplished history with bridge design and inspection and is a recognized leader in the industry. They provide successful solutions to complex structural, traffic maintenance and context-sensitive issues for projects and clients from coast to coast. Engineering News-Record lists TranSystems at number 11 of its top bridge design firms.
The ranked projects include:
- No. 9: Columbus Road Vertical Lift Bridge – The Columbus Road Lift Bridge, originally built in the 1940s, is one of six vehicular movable bridges over the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, and serves as a main throughway to the historic Flats District from the west and a primary alternate local route in and out of the downtown area. Due to the poor condition of the lift truss and gusset plates, the old lift span was floated out for demolition and replaced by an new lift span, which was erected off site and floated into place between the existing towers that were rehabilitated as part of the project, a complex process that reduced the closure time to river traffic to 5 days. Working together with Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works, City of Cleveland and the Ohio Department of Transportation, TranSystems developed a unique rehabilitation solution, which was significantly less costly than the complete replacement option.
- No. 10: New York High Bridge – The High Bridge, first opened in 1848, is the oldest bridge in New York City. Modeled on ancient Roman aqueducts, it is the most visible element of the Old Croton Aqueduct, soaring 120 feet above the Harlem River. As part of a City initiative to keep NYC livable and greener, as well as prepare for one million more residents by 2030, the High Bridge was earmarked for improvement. TranSystems was tasked to complete engineering and architectural design to preserve, strengthen and rehabilitate the iconic bridge with a goal to reopen the facility, which had been closed for over 45 years, to its former service as a pedestrian/shared-use facility restoring its beauty, usefulness and grandeur. The opening completes a major link in the 350-mile NYC Greenway and reconnects Manhattan and the Bronx with over 100-acres of parks and amenities for the first time since 1970.
“These are additional examples of our innovative work designing and reconstructing some of the nation's oldest and most unique bridges,” said John T. Grow, senior vice president and market sector leader for the states and municipalities market. “We're proud of our reputation in the movable bridge industry, earned through solid performance time after time. Furthermore, integrating modern elements of design for universal access within the historic fabric of national landmarks and appropriately capturing the unique characteristics is also a TranSystems specialty.”
Since 2000, Roads & Bridges’ annual Top 10 Bridge awards recognize the top projects in North America. Nominations are submitted to the editorial staff, which determines the Top 10 list based on projects’ challenges, impact to their region, and scope of work.
TranSystems provides consulting, engineering and architecture solutions to enhance the movement of goods and people across today’s integrated transportation infrastructure. Its approximately 900 professionals in 32 offices throughout the U.S. perform a broad range of services to all sectors of the transportation and federal marketplaces. Services are delivered throughout the asset life cycle, from concept to completion.