Dublin Link in Ohio named 2021 Project of the Year by American Society of Highway Engineers
T.Y. Lin International, a globally recognized full-service infrastructure consulting firm, announces that the Dublin Link (Scioto River Pedestrian Bridge) in Dublin, Ohio, has been honoured as 2021 Project of the Year (Projects over $5 million) by the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Great Lakes Region.
As Prime Consultant for the final bridge design, T.Y. Lin International worked closely with the City of Dublin to develop the unique bridge concept, the result of a collaboration between T.Y. Lin International and the architect, Endrestudio of Emeryville, California.
The new Dublin Link serves as a critical transportation link for pedestrians and cyclists crossing the Scioto River. The visually dramatic, 760-foot-long bridge follows an “S” curve alignment, with a steel superstructure that passes through the “eye” of the concrete pylon tower without any vertical support. The deck is a steel box girder with an asymmetric “V” form, which changes shape as users cross while maintaining a 14-foot clear deck width from end to end.
The focal point of the Dublin Link is the 176-foot-tall pylon, which measures 110 feet tall from the walking surface to the top of the tower. The graceful bridge profile features one main suspension cable, with a single plane of hanger cables attached along only the inside edge of the curved bridge deck. Dynamic programmable lighting allows the City to change the bridge’s colour scheme at night to present different themes.
After completing the final design, T.Y. Lin International worked to develop the project schedule and produced a plans, specifications, and estimates (PS&E) package and solicited bids. The firm worked with numerous structural, civil, and electrical engineering firms based primarily in Ohio to maintain local consultant participation. A construction manager-general contractor delivery method was selected by the City for this project – a first in Ohio.
“On behalf of T.Y. Lin International, the City of Dublin, and our project partners, we thank the American Society of Highway Engineers Great Lakes Region for selecting the Dublin Link as 2021 Project of the Year,” said Dan Fitzwilliam, P.E., T.Y. Lin International Senior Bridge Engineer. “The new Dublin Link successfully fulfils on its twofold purpose: to provide a safe, aesthetic, and engaging transportation experience for pedestrians and cyclists, and to serve as a signature structure for the city and its local communities. We are proud to have played a significant role in the final design and engineering of this landmark pedestrian bridge.”