Parkersburg Bridge Partners (PBP) – the team overseeing the rehabilitation of the Parkersburg Memorial Bridge over the Ohio River – recently selected Modjeski and Masters as the official engineer for the project.
Modjeski and Masters will provide all bridge design engineering services for the steel beam and girder bridge that crosses the Ohio River between Parkersburg, West Virginia and Belpre, Ohio.
According to a press release from the project team, the rehabilitated Parkersburg Memorial Bridge will include a new paint and coating system, an entirely new bridge, superstructure and substructure repairs, as well as improved lighting and other cosmetic treatments. When completed, the bridge will use an all-electronic tolling system on the open road and serve approximately 4 million crossings per year.
“The Parkersburg Memorial Bridge is important and iconic to the people of Parkersburg, and we are proud to provide improvements with Parkersburg Bridge Partners that will allow the bridge to continue there for years to come,” Dan McCaffrey, PE, Chief structural project at Modjeski and Masters, said in a statement. “The rehabilitated bridge will improve local commerce by providing a more direct route for commercial traffic when the current load posting is removed.”
In 2021, PBP was selected by the City of Parkersburg to purchase, rehabilitate and upgrade the Parkersburg Memorial Bridge. The rehabilitation project is fully funded by PBP and uses no local, state or federal funds for construction operations. PBP says it will provide all ongoing operations, maintenance, tolling and customer service activities for the rehabilitated structure.
According to PBP’s website, the team will provide a “like-new structure that the community and traveling public can enjoy for at least 50 years.”
Construction is expected to begin in March 2022. The rehabilitation is expected to be completed and fully open to traffic in 2023.
Source: Parkersburg Bridge Partners | Modjeski and Masters