Director of Bridges
Bridges and Structures for Every Crossing
Over water, over rail, over road. Whatever you need to cross and wherever you're crossing, Burns & McDonnell will get you to the other side.
We're Up to the Challenge
Whether it's a bridge, culvert, retaining wall or other roadway-related structure, our engineers and technical specialists are up to the task. Burns & McDonnell's bridge engineers can design to any Department of Transportation criteria utilizing both AASHTO Load Factor Design (LFD) and Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) methods. Our geotechnical and hydraulics teams will ensure your project rests on solid footing.
When aesthetics are part of the package, we combine functionality with a structure that complements the surrounding environment. Our in-house staff includes a broad range of specialties to ensure the successful completion of your project: environmental permitting, planning, roadway design, right-of-way acquisition, construction management, even engaging the public.
Burns & McDonnell has been solving infrastructure challenges since 1898. Our employee-owner culture means our staff has the commitment to ensure quality in everything we do. We're not successful unless you are.
- Designand plans
- Roadway design
- Site and geotechnical evaluation
- Hydrology and hydraulics, scour studies
- Environmental permitting
- Cultural resources
- Rights-of-way acquisition
- Architectural enhancements
- Public involvement
- Railroad structures
- Construction observation, inspection and daily reports
- Cost estimates
- Inspections and repair recommendations
- Design reports, plans and specifications
- Structure type and pier location studies
We have historical and modern experience with and understanding of the special design considerations unique to movable bridges. Our bridges provide shared port access for ships, railcars, cars and trucks. Our experience includes all types of vertical lift, swing, floating and retractable spans, with operating systems that range from simple manual systems to sophisticated programmable electronic controls.
Customized designs specify exactly what's right for the job — like the zinc-rich, high-build urethane paint system that protects a South San Francisco swing bridge adjacent to salt ponds from corrosion and construction programs that protect environmentally sensitive areas.
From recreation of ornate elements on historic bridges to modern gateways to growing cities such as Omaha, Neb., to the protected bikeway on a 2,244-foot bridge across the Missouri River to Hermann, Mo., our bridges are designed to meet clients' needs and exceed expectations. Our 2,670-foot bridge over the Missouri River at Waverly, Mo., was completed more than a year ahead of schedule and $4 million under budget, in part due to a design that eliminated costly haunced girder webs. Our services include development of steel or concrete girder alternatives, drilling of shaft foundations, and coordination with agencies including the Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard.
As your city grows or country roads carry increased traffic, residents need the safety and convenience that adding, replacing or renovating a bridge can provide. Our team will assist you in every stage of designing, estimating and building your city or county bridge improvements, including right-of-way acquisition and state and federal permitting. We understand that appearance and cost are major concerns. Our bridge designs accommodate clients' needs for pedestrian access or materials that aesthetically blend with a natural landscape or historic district. We have the ability to expedite all phases of design and construction to quickly execute emergency repairs or replacements due to high water flows or other catastrophic events.