Pennsylvania's state-owned bridges are among the largest and oldest in the nation. PennDOT has prioritized transportation investments to repair and replace structurally deficient bridges, and the $889 million Rapid Bridge Replacement (RBR) project is a key component to this effort.
Through the RBR project, PennDOT will replace 558 structurally deficient bridges around the state while minimizing impacts to the traveling public. This project is unique in that it is the first of its kind in the nation to bundle the replacement of hundreds of bridges in a public-private partnership (P3) agreement. No other P3 project in the country has embarked on a multi-asset, multi-location undertaking of this magnitude.
In addition to leveraging private investment, the innovative delivery of the RBR project increases efficiency. By focusing on bridges of similar size and design, components can be mass produced, saving time and money.
HOW WE HELPED
McCormick Taylor, as part of our project communications support, created a series of three custom web maps serving three purposes to the project. The first is a general public facing map, the second is an administrative dashboard, and the third is a map for the utility group for schedule tracking schedules. These maps provided a way to quickly visualize and track project data, including scheduling and construction timelines.
The RBR project will replace 558 aging bridges in just three years. The bridges being replaced will be constructed quickly because of standardized designs and the ability to prefabricate many of the bridge components offsite, which reduces construction time in the field. Replacing the bridges will provide motorists with new, modern structures and allow PennDOT to remove them from their structurally deficient list.