Woolpert to Conduct Study for Reconstruction of Sandstone Arch Bridge

The firm will provide geospatial and conceptual design services along with a feasibility study to determine the best options for the rehabilitation of a stone arch bridge on Sunbury Road in Columbus.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Oct. 11, 2018) — Franklin County has contracted with Woolpert to conduct a feasibility study to determine the best option for the rehabilitation of a sandstone arch bridge on Sunbury Road near the corner of Woodward Avenue in Columbus.

Woolpert will conduct a topographic survey employing terrestrial lidar to complete base mapping for the project, and will use this data to evaluate three options: rehabilitating the bridge to match the existing conditions; rehabilitation and widening the bridge to provide additional width for a future sidewalk along Sunbury and Woodward; or rehabilitation and widening for the additional future sidewalk and the addition of a northbound left turn lane onto Woodward.

A traffic analysis will be performed by Woolpert Engineer Jon Wiley to determine the need for an intersection reconfiguration, and a hydraulic study may be conducted if any proposed solutions impact the floodway.

Woolpert Project Manager Paul Denny said these engineering and geospatial analyses will form an effective and economic rehabilitation strategy. He said roadway problems often require creativity, since they are frequently affected by slope issues, rights of way, traffic volume, the age of various structures, etc.

“Improving a roadway and rehabilitating a bridge in an urban setting can be challenging,” Denny said. “But, when well-executed, these projects can provide outstanding results.”

Denny said he’s looking forward to working with Franklin County Engineer Cornell Robertson, who has worked with the firm in the past.

“Cornell will be responsible for the project from the county’s perspective, and we fully support his work and that of his staff,” Denny said. “This is our office’s home county, and we always appreciate the opportunity to improve the roadways that our friends and family travel.”

The study is expected to take eight to 12 months to complete.

About Woolpert
Woolpert is the fastest growing architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm in the country, delivering value to clients in all 50 states and around the world by strategically blending innovative design and engineering excellence with leading-edge technology and geospatial applications. With a dynamic research and development department, Woolpert works with inventive business partners such as Google and Esri; operates a fleet of planes, sensors and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS); and continually pushes industry boundaries by working with advanced water technologies, asset management, building information modeling (BIM) and sustainable design. The firm, which is among the ENR’s Top 100 Design Firms, supports a mission to help its clients progress and become more progressive. For over 100 years and with 26 offices across the U.S., Woolpert serves federal, state and local governments; private and public companies and universities; energy and transportation departments; and the U.S. Armed Forces. For more information, visit or call 937-531-1258.