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New Morgan Street Bridge

Rockford, Illinois

When the City of Rockford was making plans to replace the aging Morgan Street Bridge, they envisioned the new bridge as a catalyst that would revitalize an isolated and impoverished area of town. CMT helped shape the vision by applying the principles of context-sensitive solutions to the bridge design process through the use of community focus groups that allowed stakeholders to conceptualize the revitalization plan.

CMT provided preliminary engineering services for a new 503-foot tied arch structure carrying Morgan Street over the Rock River south of the downtown area. This landmark bridge that features many urban landscaping enhancements including period lighting, a bike path, and pedestrian overlooks, all of which will serve to enhance the sense of community in the area. CMT also provided design and construction phase services for the $29 million bridge includes two steel-plate, girder supported and spans, each approximately 116 feet in length. The center span is a tied arch approximately 300 feet in length that connect the Civic Center and historic City Hall with the surrounding urban landscape.

CMT led a Value Engineering (VE) study that generated numerous cost savings proposals. The recommendations of this VE study resulted in the substantial cost savings that were incorporated into the Phase II design. The total cost savings were six percent of the baseline construction cost of $21.8 million, equaling $1.63 million.

The usage of the recycled material from the demolished bridge and nearby buildings is a notable sustainable feature that was an outgrowth of the VE process.