Cushing Street Bridge over Santa Cruz River
2012 Roads and Bridges Magazine Top 10 Bridge
This project was named one of the top 10 bridges in the US for 2012 by Roads & Bridges Maganzine.The Cushing Street Bridge over the Santa Cruz River, designed by Structural Grace, Inc., is the first segment to break ground on the 3.9 mile Modern Streetcar project for the City of Tucson. Structural Grace Inc. provided the preliminary and final design for the new bridge which features significant historical detailing and carries two traffic lanes, two modern streetcar tracks, two bicycle lanes and pedestrian ways over the Santa Cruz River.
Engineering efforts began in March 2007 after initial meetings with the City of Tucson, Pima County, Rio Nuevo Development Staff, numerous neighborhood associations and the general public. Per the direction of Rio Nuevo Leadership and the City of Tucson, five bridge design alternatives were developed and presented in a Structure Selection Memo. Rio Nuevo Leadership and the City approved a 3-span bridge with an overall length of 315 feet. 30% design documents, a preliminary estimate and reports were then completed and submitted to the City in early April 2008. ... read more