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CITY OF COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA

KANESVILLE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE


MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR

Table of Contents:

1.

ACEC Entry Form

2.

Client Release Letter

3.

Project Photographs

4.

Written Documentation

A. B. C. D.

Project Description Role of Snyder & Associates, Inc. Role of Other Engineers or Architects Criteria A: Original or Innovative Application of New or Existing Techniques

E.

Criteria B: Future Value to the Engineering Profession and Perception by the Public

F.

Criteria C: Social, Economic, and Sustainable Design Considerations

G. H. I.

Criteria D: Complexity Criteria E: Exceeding Client/Owner Needs Project Press Release

Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge Maintenance and Repair ACEC of Iowa 2010 Engineering Excellence Award

Section 2. Client Release Letter

Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge Maintenance and Repair ACEC of Iowa 2010 Engineering Excellence Award

Section 3. Project Overview Photographs

Before: Existing Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge at South Approach

After: Completed South Approach Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge Maintenance and Repair ACEC of Iowa 2010 Engineering Excellence Award

Before: Steel Bridge Deck

After: New Concrete Deck with Cross Slope Drainage Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge Maintenance and Repair ACEC of Iowa 2010 Engineering Excellence Award

Before: Existing Fence at the North Approach

After: PVC-Coated Chain-link Fabric with Polymer Coated Fence Posts and Second Handrail Installed Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge Maintenance and Repair ACEC of Iowa 2010 Engineering Excellence Award

Before: Existing Paint

After: Final Coat of Chemical-Resistant Urethane Pain

Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge Maintenance and Repair ACEC of Iowa 2010 Engineering Excellence Award

Section 4a. Project Description


City of Council Bluffs Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge Maintenance and Repair The bridge is near the intersection of Kanesville Blvd/US Highway 6 and Ridge Street in Council Bluffs. The bridge extends over one of the main thoroughfares for vehicles entering and leaving the city from the northeast. It helps provide a safe access route to nearby schools, hospitals and businesses The existing bridge is a thru plate girder style structure supported on five concreteencased steel H pile piers. The floor is supported by four angle iron stringers which bear on floor beams constructed of rolled-steel I beam shapes. The floor beams carry the loading to the two plate girder sections. There were a number of issues with the existing condition of the bridge. The bridge deck was in need of serious repair due to many years of poor drainage and the corrosive effects of chemicals applied to the steel deck during the winter months. Graffiti removal had caused the existing paint to begin losing its adhesive qualities allowing moisture to come in contact with the steel, which caused further corrosion to the deck angles supporting the walkway. A white anti-graffiti substance had been applied to the interior girders in the past but was removed during normal maintenance. The existing safety fence was stretched and sagging and was not aesthetically pleasing. Beginning in 2005, various alternatives were considered and rejected. Removing the existing bridge and installing a crosswalk was determined to not be feasible due to its location across a major highway. Another alternative included replacing the existing steel deck with a new steel deck, installing a deck drainage system, sandblasting to remove existing paint, repainting, and adding lighted signs. This alternative was rejected due to a limited budget. Replacing the existing structure with a new bridge wasnt feasible due to the same budget constraints. The major budget aspect of any bridge renovation alternative was the bridge deck reconstruction. Snyder & Associates determined the most innovative and cost effective solution was to incorporate a composite deck system commonly used in building construction, but not typically applied in this type of situation. Construction work also needed to coincide with the Council Bluffs Public School 2009 summer break so as to not interfere with the safe route to school. The funding for this project was provided by the City of Council Bluffs, The Iowa West Foundation and the Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge Maintenance and Repair ACEC of Iowa 2010 Engineering Excellence Award

Existing Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge

South Approach with Existing Fencing

Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge Maintenance and Repair ACEC of Iowa 2010 Engineering Excellence Award

Existing Cage Fencing and Anti-Graffiti Paint on Girder Interior

South Approach Bridge Connection to Abutment

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North Approach with Graffiti

Bridge Deck Angles with Deterioration

Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge Maintenance and Repair ACEC of Iowa 2010 Engineering Excellence Award

Corroded and Loose Deck Angles below Deck

Corroded Existing Deck Failing Along Edges of Main Girder

Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge Maintenance and Repair ACEC of Iowa 2010 Engineering Excellence Award

Section 4b. Role of Snyder & Associates, Inc.


The City of Council Bluffs selected Snyder & Associates, Inc. in 2005 to perform the engineering services for the project. Snyder & Associates, Inc. responsibilities included: Preliminary survey. Bridge design alternatives. Staging construction to maintain local traffic across the project corridor. Coordination with the City of Council Bluffs and adjacent business owners to facilitate construction activities. Final design, plan production, technical specifications, and contract documents. Project quantities and cost opinions. Construction administration and observation.

The Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge Maintenance Repair Design & Construction Team: Project Manager: Michael Geier Project Engineer: Nick Kauffman, P.E. Project Technician/Construction Observation: William Hall

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Section 4c. Role of Others


Architectural Chroma Design Inc., a Boulder, CO firm specializing in landscape architecture, urban design, and bridge aesthetics prepared the aesthetic design concept and detail drawings and specifications for this project. Items designed and detailed by Chroma Design include: signs, bridge rails, fencing, and paint color. Chroma Design performed this work under separate contract with The Iowa West Foundation that funded 35% of the construction cost. Contractors Andersen Construction Company Prime Contractor, Structural Woerner Wire Works Structural and Miscellaneous Steel Supplier Larsen Concrete Construction Structural Paving American Fence Fencing Abstract Painting Painting and Surface Prep Neon of Omaha - Signage

Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge Maintenance and Repair ACEC of Iowa 2010 Engineering Excellence Award

Section 4d. Judging Criteria A.


Original or Innovative Application of New or Existing Techniques The City of Council Bluffs was in need of a cost effective solution to address the ongoing maintenance, corrosion, deterioration, and safety issues associated with the existing steel bridge deck. Stay-in-place galvanized steel deck forms have been used extensively in the building industry for many years. This non-typical application of the forms was used as an overlay on the existing steel deck to help minimize the costs of removal and modification of the pedestrian bridge. The decking fit between the existing girders and stiffeners, allowing the contractor to simply trim and fit the integral pour-stop/drip edge between the stiffeners. A crowned deck profile helps achieve positive drainage and will help minimize past drainage issues. The new reinforced concrete deck provides a safer walking surface and a typical sidewalk winter maintenance program. The application of the forms over the existing deck allowed traffic on the major thoroughfare to continue with minimal interruption or delays during the renovation project.

Corrugated Steel Being Laid over the Existing Steel Deck and Reconstructed Steel Supports on the Approach

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North Approach Existing Transverse Floor Beams Replaced Prior to Overlaying the Corrugated Forms

New Galvanized Corrugated Decking in Place on North Approach

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Concrete Being Pumped to the Main Span Deck

Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge Maintenance and Repair ACEC of Iowa 2010 Engineering Excellence Award

Section 4e. Judging Criteria B.


Future Value to the Engineering Profession and Perception by the Public In the current economic environment, cost-effective improvements using innovative techniques and materials demonstrate how governments and design professionals can work together to find practical solutions to aging infrastructure challenges facing municipalities. This decking solution provided a significant improvement to an existing structure without a large capital investment from the citizens of Council Bluffs.

South Approach Concrete Finish Work

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Section 4f. Judging Criteria C.


Social, Economic, and Sustainable Design Considerations The renovation project was created to not only resolve the physical deterioration of the bridge, but also the visual deterioration and issues associated with that. The neglected look of the Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge helped set the stage to create a target for ongoing graffiti. The sagging chain-link caged-style fencing compounded the problem and was failing to promote the bridge as a crucial asset of the City. The new warm-colored urethane paint system allows the City to remove the graffiti with minimal effort. The black-coated open fencing is a modern and aesthetically pleasing look, as well as a very functional and safety concise system. ADA compliant handrails were installed utilizing the existing mounting brackets already in place. The new concrete deck provides a safe and comfortable pedestrian corridor as opposed the uneven steel plate deck previously on the surface. The bridge no longer looks like a dated institutional corridor and now is both a functional and visual asset to the City. The Citys pride in the project is exemplified by the placement of the City logo above the traffic lanes below. A new look at construction methods gave the City the opportunity to improve upon an existing design and foundation, rather than dismantle the bridge and invest in a new structure. This is a concept that the City can carry to future projects, and look at new methods, that may have been previously overlooked, to renovate and rehabilitate existing infrastructure.

Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge Maintenance and Repair ACEC of Iowa 2010 Engineering Excellence Award

New Omega Fence Panels in Place on Main Span

Preparing to Install the New Sign on the Bridge

Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge Maintenance and Repair ACEC of Iowa 2010 Engineering Excellence Award

Section 4g. Judging Criteria D.


Complexity The project goal was to replace the existing deck and provide aesthetic improvements to the structure, extending the targeted service life to 15 years with the improvements. The project itself was not a complex one; however the complexity lied within the budget constraints available for the project. A larger budget would have allowed the City to consider more alternatives. Once the standard alternatives were explored and rejected for budget reasons, additional meetings and work sessions were utilized to explore non-traditional methods to accomplish the project goal. Utilizing non-traditional methods also required further research to ensure that the use of those methods were sound, safe, and met all applicable requirements.

North Approach with Welded Wire Fabric Sheets in Place Prior to Concrete Placement

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Section 4h. Judging Criteria E.


Exceeding Client/Owner Needs The budget-concise solution to the decking aspect of the project met both the Citys budget and target service life criteria. Had it not been for an innovative solution to create a new bridge decking surface, the project may not have continued as planned. Construction began after the Council Bluffs School District spring dismissal and was completed on time before the beginning of the follow school year. The City and The Iowa West Foundation partnered to fund the project. The overall budget for the project was $300,000. Six bids were received, with the two lowest bids separated by less than 3%. The lowest bid was in the amount of $278,622.34 (including Alternates). Final project costs with change orders was $288,684.44. Engineers Estimate for the project (including Alternates) was $307,332.75.

City of Council Bluffs Sign Proudly Displayed on the Renovated Bridge

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Section 4i. Project Press Release


For Immediate Release The American Council of Engineering Companies of Iowa (ACEC) has awarded a 2010 Engineering Excellence Award to Snyder & Associates, Inc. of Council Bluffs, Iowa and the City of Council Bluffs. The project included the renovation and repair of the Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge. The Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge project utilized a common building construction practice in a non-typical way to fulfill the needs and budget requirements of the City. Galvanized, corrugated stay-in-place steel forms were used to create an overlay on the existing warped steel bridge deck. The construction methods utilized allowed traffic to flow under the project with minimal interruption. The enhancements to the faade and fencing system provided both aesthetic and functional enhancements. The urethane paint system provides a surface that is durable under harsh weather conditions and easier to maintain and clean. The black, open fencing design is less restrictive from a visual perspective, but still provides all the safety requirements needed for the bridge span over the busy road below. The project was selected for recognition from a field of innovative projects designed by engineering firms throughout Iowa. Judging took into account the originality and innovation of the projects; the future value to the engineering profession; social, economic, and sustainable design considerations; complexity; and the projects conformance to the needs of the client. Snyder & Associates, Inc., was established in 1977 and has over 200 employees operating out of offices in Ankeny, Atlantic, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, and Des Moines, Iowa, as well as Maryville and St. Joseph, Missouri. The firm has experience in several disciplines including traffic and transportation, structural, environmental, municipal engineering, land development, community and regional planning, renewable energy, surveying, construction services, GIS, and graphic design.

Kanesville Pedestrian Bridge Maintenance and Repair ACEC of Iowa 2010 Engineering Excellence Award