Easley Bridge Replacement: Bluefield, WV

Project Abstract

Partnering meetings facilitated open, honest, and continuing communication throughout project construction for the WVDOH, City of Bluefield, local utilities, Bluefield State College, FHWA, Norfolk & Southern Railroad, Ahern & Associates, and GAI Consultants. This structure replacement brought the government and local leaders together to construct a lasting community asset.

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Partnering meetings facilitated communication among all interested parties. Problems and priorities were discussed with all stakeholders at the same table, at the same time, and each "side" had an opportunity to state their views and related opinions. Monthly partnering meetings kept project stakeholders in tune with important timelines and project milestones such as the beginning of fall semester and vehicular detours. Face-to-face meetings and open communication developed a thinking process that may not exist on other projects. Honest and direct discussions fostered a sense of teamwork and a feeling that we are all "in this thing together" that can often be difficult to capture.

Easley Bridge carries US Route 52 over main tracks and a train yard for Norfolk & Southern Railroad. The Easley Bridge also dissects Bluefield State College Campus and crosses over a city street, providing a southern entrance to the City of Bluefield. The project provided enhanced walkablilty and safety for college students by modifying a pedestrian underpass below US52 with ADA features and lighting. The pedestrian tunnel provided needed infrastructure for future campus communication and technology upgrades as well as safe pedestrian access between the campus parking lot and Dickason Hall. A Value Engineering Construction Proposal enhanced campus access and improved safety at the existing intersection of the Bluefield State College entrance and US52 by moving crossing traffic to a new roadway below the Easley Bridge. A roadway link was constructed to move vehicular traffic from one side of the college campus to the other without interfering with US52 through traffic. Aesthetic treatments to retaining walls and piers enhance the drive through Bluefield. Construction of new sidewalks link the Bluefield residential area to the college campus.

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