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The Dublin Link is now open! Officially opening on March 17, 2020, it is the longest single tower S-shaped suspension bridge in the world.
The Dublin Link has been recognized with numerous awards since its completion in 2020, including the following:
2021 Project of the Year
American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Great Lakes Region
Best Bridge/Highway Project Award, 2020
Engineering News-Record (ENR), Midwest
Eugene C. Figg Jr. Medal 2021
International bridge Conference Awards (IBC)
No. 2 in Top 10 Bridges List, 2020
Roads and Bridges
Outstanding Project Award, New Bridges and Transportation Structures, 2020
National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA)
Outstanding Special Purpose Bridge Award 2020
Association for Bridge Construction and Design Ohio Chapter (ABCD)
Project of the Year Award, Green Design, 2019
SLAG Cement Association (SCA)
Project of the Year Award, 2021
Central Ohio American Society of Highway Engineers
SoCal Illumination Award of Merit- Exterior, 2021
IES Los Angeles and IES Orange County
Transportation Project of the Year Award, 2020
Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP)
In December 2019, the shoring towers were removed, official suspending Dublin’s suspension bridge! This was a critical step toward completion
Work began in February 2017, and much has been accomplished over the last few years. Here is a list of the major items that have been completed:
This is the longest single tower “S” shaped suspension bridge in the world. It is also the only single tower “S” shaped suspension bridge in the world.
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.
The Dublin Link Fun Facts
The Dublin Link spans the Scioto River in the heart of Dublin connecting both the east and west portions of Riverside Crossing Park as well as connecting Dublin’s past and present – from Historic Dublin to the new, thriving Bridge Park mixed-use development. The pedestrian bridge will also serve as an iconic City of Dublin landmark – representing connectivity and inclusivity.
The bridge will be 760-foot total length by 14 foot wide. The bridge deck is “S” shaped in plan with a radius of 500 foot and is anchored into the earth at the embankments. Four 65 foot approach spans lead to a 500 foot long suspension span. The deck passes through the “keyhole” of the main tower which is 169 foot tall.
A pedestrian bridge linking the east and west sides of the Scioto River has been envisioned since The Community Plan was adopted in 2007. In early 2017 the City contracted with Kokosing Construction for a cost of $22,603,889 for the construction of the pedestrian bridge.
The bridge is part of $120 million worth of public and private investments taking place in Downtown Dublin over the next couple of years.
Timeline: Construction planned for 2017 – 2019.
Construction began in early February 2017 and is now substantially complete.
Developer: City of Dublin
Engineer of Record: T.Y.Lin International
Contractor: Kokosing Construction Company