Frederick Gottemoeller - Bridgescape LLC

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Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Missouri River

Bismarck, ND

The greatest numbers of observers see the Memorial Bridge from the riverside parks, from other bridges some distance away and from the river itself, which is heavily used by recreational boaters. Given the symbolic importance of the previous bridge and its central location in the community, the Department of Transportation established a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to guide the design of the bridge.

To encourage competitive bidding designs were prepared for both steel and concrete box girders.  The steel alternative was chosen.

The previous bridge also carried as aerial lines the multiple high voltage electrical cables that serve as the principle east-west connections for North Dakota’s power grid.  On the new bridge these cables are carried within the box girders. The large concrete abutments at the ends of the main span girders are actually hollow and provide space for the electrical switchgear for the cables.  They also provide a visual element that smooths the transition between the steel box girder main spans and the precast concrete girder approach spans.

Mr. Gottemoeller led the interactions with the CAC, developed the concepts for the main span piers, abutments, overlooks, railings and lighting and the aesthetic details of the approach spans and provided general aesthetic advice to the engineering team.

  • Length: 2370 ft.  Width: 84 ft.
  • Main Spans: 4 @ 285’
  • Project Cost: $47 million.
  • Year of Completion: 2008
  • Design Engineers: HDR Engineering and the Bridge Division, North Dakota Department of Transportation
  • Owner: North Dakota Department of Transportation 

Photo Credits: Frederick Gottemoeller