Crews installed the tie-down cable for the pedestrian/bicycle bridge on June 13, 2019. Cable installation will be ongoing throughout the summer. There are 43 total cables including one tie-down cable, two main suspension cables, two restrainer cables and 38 hanger cables.
The cables were fabricated in Italy (one of only three companies in the world that produces the type of suspension cables needed for our unique “S” curve bridge). Then, the cables were extensively tested in Germany, before being shipped to the United States.
Once cable installation is complete, the concrete deck will be formed and poured, the handrails will be installed, structural steel will be painted and lighting will be installed. The bridge is expected to open by the end of 2019 (subject to change).
Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge Spanning the Scioto – Fun Facts
- Main tower height of 169 feet – OSU Stadium press box (183 feet tall)
- Suspension span of 500 feet long – nearly 2 football fields
- Total deck length – 760 feet long
- 860,000 pounds (430 tons) of structural steel – weight of a loaded 747 airplane or 355 OSU victory bells
- 350,000 pounds (175 tons) of reinforcing steel – weight of 100 mid-size cars or 145 OSU victory bells (2,420 pounds)
- 1,600 cy of concrete – amount of concrete to build 32 new single family houses (foundations and driveway – 50 cy per house)
- Two suspension cables (120mm diameter) – tensile force in cable of 3,250,000 lbs. each – this force is the weight of 500 adult African Bush Elephants (6.5 tons each)(since zoo is nearby)
- Structural Steel was fabricated in Tampa, Florida
- Main and Hanger suspension cables were fabricated in Redaelli, Milano, Italy
- Cables were tested in Braunschweig and Bochum Germany