Fulton Road Bridge Replacement

Kokosing does what it takes to build the job.


This $45 million project required the replacement of the six-span, open-spandrel, arch bridge which overlooks the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and spans a historic bridge, two railroad tracks, and several maintenance roads and footpaths. The presence of rail tracks, roads, paths, and in particular, the maintenance of the historic bridge, made site navigation, set-up, and construction a real challenge.

In an effort to, “Do what it takes to do the job,” Kokosing purchased a 300-ton Liebherr crane specifically to handle the challenges. The new structure is an 11-span, pre-cast, open-spandrel, arch bridge. Nearly 1,800-cubic-yards of self-leveling mass concrete is contained in the bridge piers. These seven piers were post-tensioned to support the pre-cast arches, which were erected in segments on shoring towers and then post-tensioned. Following the erection of the arches, the spandrel columns and caps were poured. Pre-cast concrete beams were also erected to support the bridge deck.

Additionally, all approach work, including storm sewer, water line, mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall, pre-cast lagging retaining wall, and concrete pavement construction was self-performed by Kokosing.

Project awards include:

  •  Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) – Best Bridges with Main Spans greater than 150 feet, 2010
  • Northeast Ohio Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD) – Outstanding Major Bridge Award, 2011
  • American Council of Engineering Companies (ACED) – Engineering Excellence Awards – Outstanding Achievement, 2011

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