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Location

Indianapolis, Indiana

Client

City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works

Named after Hoosier astronaut David Wolf, this steel truss bridge over the White River in Indianapolis is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Built in 1942, deterioration and collision damage on the eastbound lanes necessitated rehabilitation. This involved the removal and replacement of various deteriorated bridge truss structural members; installation of a new concrete bridge deck, concrete railing, and approaches; and painting of the structure.

Located in the heart of a key shopping district, area retailers recognized the need for repairs to this historic truss, but worried that construction would steer shoppers away from their stores. To keep local business owners and media updated, Lochmueller Group (Lochgroup) organized public meetings and sent periodic e-mail updates to interested parties.

In addition, Lochgroup worked in close coordination with the design firm on this project, troubleshooting and tackling quick re-engineering to overcome hurdles. For example, after the deck was removed, inspectors observed that the floor beams over Pier 3 were further deteriorated than anticipated. Lochgroup called in the design firm for assistance and the two firms worked with the contractor to select a solution that best fit field conditions. Similar on-the-spot redesigns were done to address more significant deterioration than expected on the gussets and stringers. The redesign on the gussets also came shortly after the National Transportation Safety Board released the findings of a study on the collapse of the Minnesota Interstate 35W Bridge. The study recommended recalculating maximum loads on steel deck truss bridges, which were immediately incorporated into its gusset redesign for the 82ndStreet Bridge.

82stbridge-afterLochgroup worked with the contractor to recover from delays caused by the need to replace more steel than expected and severe weather. Construction on this high-profile project was completed in plenty of time for the Thanksgiving weekend, earning the praise of local businesses and the city of Indianapolis Department of Public Works.

This project received the 2009 Merit Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies, Indiana Chapter.

β€œThe barricades and timing of the traffic lights was well planned and it is obvious a lot of thought went into the temporary traffic pattern. Your regular communications on the status of the bridge (re)construction is also greatly appreciated!”
-Barbara Zike, Property Manager for PK Partners, LLC, owner of a nearby retail center

β€œ(My) compliments to you on the management of this project. The (traffic) flow has been excellent.”
-Randall G. Clark, owner of Bicycle Garage Indy, a nearby business.

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