When an 89-year-old rail crossing in Hopewell, VA was closed following a Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) inspection in April of 2014, residents of the City Point district lost their main connection to the rest of the City. All traffic, including emergency vehicles, was forced to take cumbersome detours that were frequently interrupted by passing trains.
Approach elevation limitations and rail clearance eliminated the possibility of utilizing an original State-designed vehicular truss solution. After the initial award, Big R Bridge worked with the general contractor, the City of Hopewell and VDOT to come up with a new solution. A custom arched design was chosen as the only effective solution.
Three-Span Configuration on Structural Piers
The 105′ bridge is comprised of a three-span configuration on supporting steel piers also supplied by Big R. The 24′-wide design features composite decking and includes a 5′ sidewalk on one side. The majority of the bridge is galvanized, with only the upper rail portions in a naturally-weathering finish to blend in with the aesthetics of the surrounding area.
The new bridge was officially opened in May of 2017 with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, complete with a fire truck parked on the bridge as a backdrop.