Constructed in 1930 by an act of the Pennsylvania State Legislature, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Bridge, located adjacent to the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex, was designed as a monument to the heroism of both Pennsylvanians specifically and Americans in general.
The western approach features two 143’ pylons topped with carved war eagles weighing 300 tons each. Each of the seven-ton arch keystones features carvings of military objects. Since 1988 the bridge has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge itself spans about 1300 feet over Paxton Creek and several railroad lines, including the former Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad in Harrisburg. Twelve main arches are closed-spandrel reinforced concrete segmental arches and four are reinforced concrete slabs. In all the footprint of the bridge covers over two acres.
Provide professional design services to minimize deterioration of the structure caused by stormwater. The services include cleaning, inspection, and video recording of the existing condition of the bridge stormwater collection system as well as sampling and testing of the fill material over the closed-spandrel arch spans of the bridge. CCJM survey tasks included establishing horizontal and vertical control, topography, and utility location for design. This included beam location and elevations inside of the rooms under the 13th Street end of the bridge. Survey provided AutoCAD base mapping and site plan for the design of bridge rehabilitation and storm drain design.
Project Cost: $2,600,000