“I just feel tremendously lucky. We had a fantastic contractor (Sundt Construction). It was very much a collaborative relationship among the contractor, the city of Fort Worth and all the business owners.”

Brian Barth, Deputy District Engineer

Reconstruction of the West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth, Texas, improved pedestrian access and safety while creating a landmark gateway between the city’s downtown and cultural district. The new structure features 10-foot pedestrian walkways and 12, precast concrete arches that run the length of the structure (six per side), each measuring 24 feet tall by approximately 160 feet long, and weighing 640,000 pounds. Approximately 300,000 pounds of polished stainless steel within the arches and bridge superstructure are illuminated at night with embedded lighting.
 
Sundt employed a number of innovative approaches to minimize traffic closures during the 23-month project. Chief among them was the decision to construct the 12 concrete arches offsite (with Sundt’s own concrete construction crews) and then place them in pairs along either side of the old structure primarily at night. This approach allowed the bridge to remain open to traffic for the four months that it took to make and cure each arch. Once all of the arches were in place, the project team closed and demolished the old bridge and constructed the new one in its footprint.
 
Sundt completed the 980-foot-long bridge for the Texas Department of Transportation a month ahead of schedule. It opened to traffic on October 9, 2013 - in time for the busy holiday travel season.
 
2014 Concrete Bridge Award-Portland Cement Association (PCA)
2015 Alliant Build America Award - Highway and Transportation Renovation-Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
ENR Regional Best 2014 Projects - Best Highway/Bridge Project-Engineering News Record
WASHTO Quality of Life/Community Development Award-American Association of State & Highway Trans. Officials (AASHTO)