Closing a bridge in a business district obviously has significant impact. That’s why it was necessary to keep both lanes of traffic open on CTH C in downtown Delafield, Wis., when replacing the Genesee Street Bridge.
Businesses and residents were concerned about construction disruption including loss of trees, access and street closure. Providing construction project management, raSmith built confidence and trust through public involvement and an emphasis on responsiveness and communication. The project included a single-slab span for the bridge with decorative treatments, pulverizing and repaving the road, walking path, curb and gutter, sidewalk, storm sewer, mill race culvert replacement, streetscaping, plantings and restoration.
The bridge is a focal point in a historically themed downtown. The bridge used stonework to replicate another local historic building and spans an old mill pond and river. Working with the WDNR, water quality and aquatic organism passage topped the list for environmental safeguards. In addition, the project’s dewatering practices were cited as highly effective in maintaining water quality.