Frederick Gottemoeller - Bridgescape LLC

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Liberty Bridge over the Reedy River

Greenville, SC

Thanks to its thin deck and spidery suspension system the new bridge appears to float through the treetops. At the same time, the twin towers and the suspension cable are visible from vantage points around the city, calling attention and drawing visitors to the public botanical garden, falls, and river. Its deck is about even with the upper level of the falls, allowing visitors to enjoy the whole scene while watching as the water rushes toward them, then falls away beneath their feet. 

Structurally, the bridge is a three dimensional pretensioned cable network, with the towers tied back with cables to ground anchors. The torsion in the deck caused by the one-sided suspenders is resisted by a circumferential cable below the deck acting laterally through the frames of the steel stiffening truss. Because of the interaction of the cables the deck is very stable.  Its movements are barely noticeable by users.

Mr. Gottemoeller assembled the design team, assisted in the initial development of the concept and served as the engineer of record.

  • Length: 345'.
  • Main Span: 200'
  • Cost: $4.5 million.
  • Year of Completion: 2004
  • Design Engineer: Schlaich Bergermann und Partners
  • Owner: City of Greenville