The Alabama Department of Transportation realized a longstanding vision for dual bridges at the I-759 crossing of the Coosa River in Gadsden, AL, using Volkert’s services from early planning for the first bridge to the design of the second span.
Volkert provided a design for dual bridges across the Coosa River nearly thirty years ago, but only a single bridge was built. More recently, a new design was provided for the second span, a 1,308 foot-long, three-lane bridge. Volkert was responsible for the preliminary and final design, survey, and environmental services.
Volkert conducted engineering and environmental studies to obtain environmental approval for the extension of approximately 1.5 miles of freeway and 2.5 miles of arterial roadway from the end of existing I-759, across the Coosa River to Meighan Boulevard at US 278. Investigation into environmental justice issues revealed some challenges regarding environmental justice and access to adjacent neighborhoods.
Volkert coordinated with ALDOT, FHWA, the City of Gadsden and community leaders to develop criteria and alignments that address environmental justice and cultural issues, minimize right-of-way issues, and enhance economic development.
Scope of Work: Corridor Study, Environmental Assessment, Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), Roadway Design, Bridge Design, Environmental Justice, Survey Services, Agency Coordination, Traffic Studies, Public Involvement