Mattern & Craig was selected as the lead design consultant for the replacement of the Main Street (Wasena) Bridge project in the City of Roanoke, Virginia.  With a construction budget of approximately $30 million, the Wasena Bridge Replacement project is one of the largest capital improvement projects ever undertaken by the City of Roanoke in its history.  The existing bridge was constructed in 1939 and is approximately 885-feet long, consisting of nine (9) spans utilizing two (2) continuous, fracture critical steel plate girders for the superstructure.  The structure spans over the Roanoke River, Norfolk Southern Railroad, Wasena Park, Winchester Avenue, Roanoke Southern Railroad, and the Roanoke River Greenway.

Taking its name from the Native American word meaning “beautiful view”, the Wasena area was annexed into the City of Roanoke in 1919 and began its development as an early suburb of Roanoke in the 1920’s. The Wasena neighborhood is located in south central Roanoke immediately south of the Roanoke River and is bisected by U.S. Route 221 (Main Street).  It borders the neighborhoods of Raleigh Court on the west, Old Southwest on the north/east, Franklin-Colonial on the south and Mountain View (via the Wasena Bridge across the Roanoke River) on the north.  Contributing to the historic nature of the Wasena, Old Southwest and Mountain View neighborhoods, the Wasena Bridge is considered a significant landmark for the City of Roanoke and provides a scenic view shed of the surrounding landscape.

Wasena Bridge - City of Roanoke, VA

Main Street (Wasena) Bridge – City of Roanoke, VA

Mattern & Craig has developed a team approach to the project that includes a local presence offering a wide range of transportation services, an experienced, large-urban scale bridge design expert, and a specialized, nationally-recognized bridge design and architecture firm.  Mattern & Craig leads the project team as the prime-consultant and provides a true local presence for the project, with our headquarters in downtown Roanoke located within two miles of the bridge.  Volkert, Inc. (Volkert) provides enhanced strength to the team’s technical design capabilities as an infrastructure engineering firm with a focus on serving local, state and federal clients throughout the country. Rosales + Partners (Rosales), a nationally-recognized bridge architecture design firm, provides the aesthetic and context-sensitive expertise that this project deserves.  Rosales is renowned for their practical ability to balance technical and aesthetic principles and their capability of delivering iconic bridges that become symbols of identity and community pride.

The replacement bridge structure will be a unique, signature design that provides a gateway between historic residential neighborhoods leading into the heart of downtown Roanoke.  Services for the project will include surveying, traffic studies, traffic signalization and intersection modifications, hydraulic analyses, stormwater management, utility coordination, public involvement, railroad coordination, permitting, historical resources review, geotechnical investigations, landscaping, lighting, approach roadway design and bridge design for an approximately 900-foot long, multi-span signature bridge.  The high-level, elaborate public engagement process on this project will engage the public in a way that allows community participation and opportunities for meaningful input into the design.  Working hand-in-hand with the City and the community, the Mattern & Craig team will create a design that is community-conscious, innovative and entertaining while still being economical and efficient.