Fifth Street Bridge 

Fifth Street Bridge 
Dayton, OH

Owner: Ohio Department of Transportation
Engineer: Burgess & Niple, Inc.
Contractor: Kokosing Construction Company, Inc.
Concrete Supplier: Moraine Materials
Precaster: Prestress Services

The Fifth Street Bridge over the Great Miami River in Dayton, Ohio, had to resemble other downtown river crossings built circa 1913 but had to be built using modern, cost-effective bridge construction materials and techniques. Concrete was selected as the primary construction element because of its ability to meet the aesthetic requirements and provide significant cost savings.

The superstructure of the bridge utilized conventional constant depth prestressed concrete interior girders and spliced variable depth exterior girders. The use of formed cast-in-place concrete for the bridge piers and the railings allowed the desired art deco appearance. Decorative finials were cleverly replicated at regular intervals in the bridge railing in order to achieve cohesion between the piers and the railings.

Awards: 2004 PCA Ninth Biennial Bridge Awards Competition, Portland Cement Association

Jury Comments: A wonderful fusion of aesthetics and structural systems. Concrete’s versatility is apparent in the intricate shapes and forms and the smooth flow of lines between the substructure and the superstructure.