Woolpert and Righter Co. Receive ABCD Special Purpose Bridge Award for Mohican Cable Pedestrian Bridge

We were very grateful to have an outstanding design-build partner at Righter and a forward-thinking client at ODNR for this project.

The Association for Bridge Construction and Design Ohio Chapters presented the Mohican Cable Pedestrian Bridge with its 2021 Ohio Special Purpose Bridge Award last night in Montgomery, Ohio. The suspension bridge was an $840,000 design-build project commissioned by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and executed by Woolpert and The Righter Co.

The 120-foot-long bridge sits in Mohican State Park in Loudonville, Ohio, halfway between Columbus and Cleveland. Woolpert provided preliminary design services from concept to final plans, construction supervision and coordination of sub-contractors, including CTL Engineering Inc. for geotechnical engineering and environmental stone for environmental services such as historical/archaeological studies and coordination of scenic rivers. Righter served as general contractor, managing the tendering for the project and construction and stormwater pollution prevention for the construction site.

The Mohican Cable Pedestrian Bridge spans the Clear Fork River, a state-designated scenic river, and connects the park’s campgrounds to trails and scenic overlooks. The bridge replaced the original suspension or “swivel” bridge that was built by the New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps in 1939 and washed away by a flood in 1969. The design includes a stair tower on the north side providing clearance minimum of 10 feet above the water surface. The bridge, which open to the public in May 2021, took less than a year.

“We are very honored to receive this award from ABCD Ohio,” said Woolpert Civil and Water Resources Manager Tom Less. “Suspension bridges like the Mohican require complicated engineering, as well as highly creative design and an eye for constructability. This makes them hugely challenging but also great fun, embracing the adventurous spirit of the bridge itself. We were very grateful to have an outstanding design-build partner at Righter and a forward-thinking client at ODNR for this project, they’re a great team and we look forward to many adventures to come.

About The Righter Co.

The Righter Co. Inc. is a diverse general contractor that has completed hundreds of projects throughout Ohio and surrounding states. The company is pre-qualified by the Ohio Department of Transportation for bridges of all types (ODOT Level 3), culverts, earth retention, water and wastewater treatment plants, earthmoving, grading, deep sewers and/or excavation, general building construction and demolition. . The company has constructed bridges, roads, water/wastewater treatment plants, storm/sanitary sewers, water pipes, piles, earth retentions, new buildings and renovations of existing buildings . Our clients include federal, state, county, and local governments, as well as many private industry owners. To learn more, visit rightercompany.com.

About Woolpert

Woolpert is the premier architectural, engineering, geospatial (AEG) and strategy consulting firm with a vision to become one of the best companies in the world. We innovate within and across markets to effectively serve public, private and government customers around the world. Woolpert is an ENR Top 150 Global Design Firm, has achieved six consecutive Great Place to Work certifications and actively promotes a culture of growth, inclusion, diversity and respect. Founded in 1911 in Dayton, Ohio, Woolpert has been the fastest growing AEG company in the United States since 2015. The company has 1,900 employees and more than 60 offices on four continents. To learn more, visit woolpert.com.

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