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Rouzan Neighborhood Development

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Vehicular Crossing

Engineer:

SJB Group, LLC

Installation:

Winter 2019

Technical Description:

• Big R Bridge® Rolled Girder
• Width: 36 ft
• Span: 80 ft
• Style: Custom
• Finish: Painted
• Decking: Cast-in-Place Concrete

Located just five miles from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and three miles from Louisiana State University, the planned community of Rouzan features a mix of homes, cafes, shops and community space. Ranging in size from 1,200 to over 5,000 sq. ft., the houses will include designs such as shotgun cottages, French villas and Spanish style colonials. A swim club and pool is also planned for the community, and concerts and festivals will be held on the community lawn.

During the construction phase, a vehicular crossing was needed over an engineered bioretention pond to link the residential area to the Town Centre. Located at the entrance to the neighborhood, it was imperative that the bridge make an aesthetic statement. In the end, a 80' span x 36' wide Big R Bridge® Rolled Girder from Contech Engineered Solutions was selected as the best option for its ability to provide aesthetic appeal and an optimized design. 

"The structure turned out beautifully and went together very well," stated Corey Blanchard, P.E., Senior Project Manager with SJB Group, LLC. "I believe it is a landmark for the development. The development owner and the municipality are extremely pleased with how it turned out."

The custom designed structure has an underdeck highlighting the structure's profile. Contech provided matching approach railings to tie the arch design elements into the roadway beyond the abutments. The installation of the structure went smoothly and did not require any field modifications.

"As one of the centerpieces of our traditional neighborhood, the Rouzan bridge provides a literal and figurative connection between our main residential area and the town center," concluded Tim Basilica with Engquist-Level Development. "It has become an iconic representation of the vision of our community. We knew the bridge would ultimately frame some of the key views of the neighborhood, so we commissioned a connection with modern engineering and construction standards—with a timeless design that would complement the rest of our community.”

Technical Description:

• Big R Bridge® Rolled Girder
• Width: 36 ft
• Span: 80 ft
• Style: Custom
• Finish: Painted
• Decking: Cast-in-Place Concrete

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