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Seven Bridges are among the Requirements for a New, $72-million Ohio Highway Design

PAULDING COUNTY, OH—The Ohio Department of Transportation has awarded a $72-million contract to Parsons Brinckerhoff’s (PB) Dublin, Ohio, office to design a new segment of US 24, a limitedaccess highway.

The project involves a new, four-lane, 10-mile-long freeway that will include seven bridges—two of which will cross over railroads, and two others will include new interchanges. As prime design consultant, PB’s work will include final highway design, structural design, and right-of-way plan development.

Construction is scheduled to commence in 2007 with completion slated for the following year.

Firms to Build New Dam for the Army Corps of Engineers

OLMSTED, IL—A structural engineering design team consisting of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., of St. Louis, and Ben C. Gerwick of San Francisco, have designed a new dam with three major segments as part of the Olmsted Locks and Dam Project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps.) The 2,700-foot-long concrete stucture will cross the lower Ohio River near Olmsted, Ill.

The Olmsted Dam will be costructed "in the wet," meaning that work will be completed underwater by pumping concrete into precast shells. The dam will be comprised of five tainter gates, and a navigable pass with boat-owned wicker gates. Construction begins this spring and its scheduled for completion of 2012.

The lead contractor on the project is a joint venture between the multidisciplinary firm Washington Group International, Inc., of Boise, Idaho, and Alberici Constructors, Inc. of St. Louis. The team recently was awarded a $564-million contract with the Corps to build the dame.

Expanding Educational Facilities for Ohio State University Students

COLUMBUS, OH—Lantz, Jones and Nebraska, a Columbus Ohio-based structual engineering firm, was selected by The Ohio State University to provide structural engineering services for the renovation of and additon to the William Oxley Thompson Library, which was built in 1913.

The $99-million project involved 250,000 square feet of renovations and a 90,000-square-foot, four-story addition. It also will include a seismic retrofit of the existing facility’s eight-story tower.