Loudoun County, Virginia
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Lansdowne on the Potomac
Urban Engineering & Associates, Inc.
Westlind Construction Co., Inc.
July 30, 2001
Contech and Urban Engineering worked with the Virginia DOT to propose CON/SPAN® as an alternative to a traditional beam bridge. The 446-foot long bridge, the largest CON/SPAN® to date, carries four lanes of traffic over Goose Creek in Lansdowne, Virginia.
A crowd of about 200 witnessed the dedication ceremony in October 2002. Before the ceremony, Leonard (Hobie) Mitchel, president of Lansdowne Community Development, LLC stated, “I personally would like to see this design concept in other areas around the state. It made a lot of sense. It’s a nicer looking structure, there’s less environmental impact and it’s cost effective.” Ribbon cutting was performed by Governor Mark Warner.
CON/SPAN® met the challenges of the project which included construction in a flood plain, budgetary constraints and sensitivity to aesthetic requirements. Because CON/SPAN®’s arch shape naturally resembles historical bridges in the area, the only addition was the use of form liners which mimic old stonework. The concrete was then stained using the hues of natural stone found nearby. The resulting bridge met both aesthetic and environmental standards.
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