- Movable Bridges Remote Operation Study
Harrington & Cortelyou (a Burns & McDonnell Company) conducted a comprehensive study to determine the feasibility of remote operation and automation of three movable bridges over the Fox River. The Mason Street Bridge, Walnut Street Bridge and Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge were independently operated double-leaf bascule bridges, and the study examined the feasibility of converting them to remote control operation from a single location.
The work included assessment of mechanical components for use in the remote operations and development of cost estimates and recommendations. The study also examined the feasibility of rehabilitation and remote operation of an abandoned turntable railroad bridge.
The study phase entailed data collection, identification and definition of alternatives, alternative analysis, formulation of recommendations, cost analysis, and public involvement. This study addressed recommended upgrades to the bridge’s electrical and mechanical systems.
The project team provided input to address immediate and long-term improvements to the Mason Street Bridge and the Walnut Street Bridge to provide for continued and safe operations.
- Feasibility study
- Data collection
- Mechanical investigation