James Rumsey Bridge, Shepherdstown, WVRumsey 2

James Rumsey Bridge

Location: Shepherdstown, WV
Owner: West Virginia Division of Highways, District 5
General Contractor: Brayman Construction Corp.
Value: $18.5 Million
Date Complete: July 2006

Brayman was contracted to replace an existing steel deck truss bridge spanning the Potomac River between West Virginia and Maryland.

Erected just upstream of the old bridge, the new 1096lf structure is a three-span, steel haunch plate girder design carrying two lanes of traffic plus an 8’ wide sidewalk. The bridge comprises 44 girders ranging from 14’ to 18’ deep, and up to 125’ long, with weights up to 75 tons each.

Additional items of work included construction of the following:
• Architecturally treated piers, 75’ to 78’ in height
• Installation of 54 micropiles through karst conditions
• Wooden footbridge crossing the historic Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal in Maryland
• Exposed aggregate concrete footpath in an adjacent park
• Two scenic overlooks (one in each state)
• Two parking lots
• Approach roadways (955’ on the west and 849’ on the east)
• Relocation of water intake structure for the City of Shepherdstown
• Relocation of electric lines, sanitary sewer line force main, and lift station
• Demolition of the old bridge
• Grading, drainage, signing, striping, lighting and landscaping
• Earth Retention systems
• Soldier pile wall incorporating 57 rock anchors, wale system and concrete lagging
• Two soldier pile walls, totaling 100 soldier piles, faced with architectural panels
• Value Engineered 3000sf soil nail wall, faced with architectural panels
• Eight mechanically stabilized earth retaining walls faced with architectural panels
• Rehabilitation of a masonry stone wall
• Retaining wall step system on both abutments

The team collaborated with a variety of stakeholders to successfully complete this project, including the Maryland State Highway Administration, National Park Service, Shepherd University, Bavarian Inn, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Maryland Department of Environment, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Historic Trust, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and West Virginia Division of Highways.