Modjeski and Masters Rehabs Two Bascule Bridges

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Work on St. Joseph River crossings will improve travel in southwest Michigan.

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Modjeski and Masters will perform engineering services necessary for the rehabilitation of the Blossomland (seen here) and Bicentennial Bridges.

We have a proven history of solving movable bridge challenges and creating comprehensive solutions that keep these bridges operational with minimal disruption to vehicular and marine traffic.

The bridge design and engineering firm Modjeski and Masters announces that it will perform engineering services necessary for the rehabilitation of two bascule bridges crossing the St. Joseph River in southwest Michigan. The work on the Blossomland (M-63) and the Bicentennial (I-94BL) bridges will help keep both vehicular and marine traffic flowing smoothly across the St. Joseph River in the Benton Harbor and St. Joseph areas.

Modjeski and Masters will provide mechanical, electrical and structural engineering services for the movable and fixed spans of both bridges. Coordination between the owner, public, local stakeholders and permitting agencies (including the U.S. Coast Guard) is critical to the success of the project and is a specialty of Modjeski and Masters.

“These projects showcase our expertise in bascule bridges,” said Michael F. Britt, PE, senior vice president and director of business development at Modjeski and Masters. “Movable structures present many different and unique challenges when compared to fixed bridge design and construction. We have a proven history of solving these challenges and creating comprehensive solutions that keep these bridges operational with minimal disruption to vehicular and marine traffic. ”

The original Blossomland Bridge is located in St. Joseph, Michigan and carries M-63 across the St. Joseph River. It was built in 1948 and has a total length of approximately 713 ft. Its main span is a Scherzer double-leaf rolling bascule. The six approach spans consist of steel multi-girder cross sections. It carries four lanes of traffic across its 44 ft. width.

The 570 ft. Bicentennial Bridge carries I-94 across the St. Joseph in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Built in 1976, its main span is a hydro-mechanically driven Scherzer double-leaf bascule with four approach spans consisting of steel multi-girder and steel girder-floorbeam-stringer cross sections. At 60 ft. curb-to-curb, it accommodates four lanes of vehicular traffic.

For additional information about Modjeski and Masters’ movable bridge capabilities, visit: http://www.modjeski.com/Services/detail.aspx?service=MovableBridges

About Modjeski and Masters
Modjeski and Masters is one of the world’s leading bridge engineering firms, with a reputation for technical excellence and innovation that goes beyond current standards. Established more than 120 years ago, the firm is responsible for the design and maintenance of some of our nation’s most recognizable structures. Services include fixed and movable bridge design, inspection and rehabilitation, and all facets of life-cycle maintenance, research and code development. For more information, including in-depth videos of Modjeski and Masters at work, please visit http://www.modjeski.com.

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