Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)
Highways & Bridges
Design: Electrical, Geotechnical Foundations, Structural
Environmental Sciences: Air Quality, Noise & Vibration
Fanny Appleton Pedestrian Bridge Design-Build
STV provided engineering design services to the WSC-Joint Venture of J.F. White Contracting Co., Skanska, and Consigli Construction Co. for a new pedestrian bridge, the Frances "Fanny" Appleton Pedestrian Bridge, named for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s wife. Located on the Boston side of the Charles River, it crosses over Storrow Drive and connects to the Charles River Esplanade, a popular park that hosts the world-renowned Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular every July 4th. It replaced a nondescript and inadequate pedestrian bridge.
A curvilinear, ribbon-like structure, the Fanny Appleton Pedestrian Bridge consists of more than 550 feet of continuous girders that curve in two directions, branching to stairs and a scenic overlook plaza. STV’s work addressed fabrication, constructability and pedestrian-induced vibration performance. The firm worked closely with the design-build team to include cost-effective design modifications, to meet the architectural objectives and to improve constructability and the user experience.