The article describes how engineers added architectural embellishments to bridge abutments and understructures to conform to stringent guidelines provided by an environmental impact study which determined the appearance of an expressway through an historic neighborhood in Oklahoma City. The design approach included bridge piers, vertical abutments, wing walls and noise barriers to be clad in a cast-in-place fractured fin-ribbed finish that would minimize the massive expanse of the structures. Abutments and wing walls appear as a series of stepped planters, with the stepped design providing a natural transition from the earth bank to a series of right-angle planters. The planters terminate in a vertical wall which is also the bridge seat. Details of the aesthetic treatments are briefly described.

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    Scranton Gillette Communications

    380 E Northwest Highway, Suite 200
    Des Planes, IL  United States  60016-2282
  • Publication Date: 1991-8

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  • Accession Number: 00611251
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1991 12:00AM