Brayman Construction Celebrates Another Record-Breaking Achievement

Brayman recently awarded ASBI’s 2017 Bridge Award of Excellence for building Ohio bridge with longest concrete span ever built by ODOT; previously built record-setting longest concrete box-girder span in the U.S.

Saxonburg, PA – November 1, 2017 – Brayman Construction Corporation (Brayman) recently received the American Segmental Bridge Institute’s (ASBI) 2017 Bridge Award of Excellence, in the category of Long Span and Cable-Stayed Bridges, for the Oakley C. Collins Memorial Bridge.  The award was presented to Project Owner, the Ohio Department of Transportation, as well as Brayman, the general contractor for the project.

The Oakley C. Collins Memorial Bridge replaced the existing Ironton-Russell Bridge, spanning the Ohio River between Ironton, OH and Russell, KY.  Unlike the original bridge, which connected downtown Ironton with downtown Russell, the new structure connects downtown Ironton directly with US 23 and KY 244 within the city limits of Russell just south of downtown.  The new structure took approximately four and one half years to build and was opened on November 23, 2016, providing a main route for trucking and transportation in Ohio. 

The new 2,616-ft.-long bridge is comprised of a 900-ft. cable-stayed main span and two 370-ft. cable stayed side spans, two 326-ft. tall towers and two anchor piers on the river’s edge. 

Notably, the 900-ft. main span is the longest concrete span ODOT has ever built.  In addition to this record, this project also used an innovative solution to minimize the construction impact on the traveling public.  The existing bridge remained open during construction until the new bridge was completed.  The innovative and first use of a precast stay anchor block system in the United States simplified stay cable anchorage placement, accelerated the construction schedule and simplified the form traveler systems by eliminating the need for a temporary stay anchor. 

ASBI Jury comments on the project award included: “This project demonstrated how segmental concrete provides multiple options to design and construct a long-span bridge fast and economically.  ODOT’s longest span bridge is an amazing technical and aesthetic achievement.  Use of precast stay blocks and backspan falsework was innovative and saved substantial construction time.”

This is not the first time Brayman received the ASBI Bridge Award of Excellence.  In 2011, Brayman received the award as contractor for the I-64 Kanawha River Bridge in Charleston, West Virginia.  The record-setting Kanawha Bridge is a cast-in-place cantilever segmental bridge and, at the time of project completion, was the longest concrete-box-girder span in the United States, with a main span totaling 760-ft.  The box-girder construction is continuous over the entire length of the bridge, 2,975-ft. 

Ironton-Russell Bridge