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Monthly Meeting at Chefs

  • Chef's Restaurant 291 Seneca Street Buffalo, NY, 14204 United States (map)

Cleveland Drive Bridge Replacement - Design & Construction Challenges

Presentation - 1 PDH

This technical presentation will focus on the unique design methodology and construction challenges associated with the Cleveland Drive Bridge Replacement, which is comprised of a 215’ long composite steel multi-girder superstructure with rigid connections to the abutments. The contract was an $11.4M bridge replacement, which was constructed by Cold Springs Construction from Akron, NY during the 2015 construction season. The owner is the New York State Thruway Authority, the designer was CHA Consulting from Buffalo, and construction inspection was performed by Parsons Brinkerhoff. The presentation will focus on the atypical analysis methods and frame modelling used for the structural design, as well as provide perspective on several design and construction considerations and challenges that are unique to Rigid Frame design.

Presenter Bio

Andrew Odien, PE, CHA Consulting, Inc. received both his B.S. (2005) and M.S. (2007) in Civil Engineering from SUNY at Buffalo. Mr. Odien has 9 years of bridge engineering experience working for mostly State and Local governments and authorities. Mr. Odien has been a Project Engineer at CHA Consulting for the past 4 years and is a licensed engineer in New York. He served as the lead engineer for the subject project, and is currently working as the lead design engineer for the Replacement of the Bailey Avenue Bridges over Cazenovia Creek and Buffalo River, and the final phase of the Peace Bridge Rehabilitation Project.


11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Registration
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch and Presentation


Members - $25
Non-members - $30
Life members - $20
Students - $15

Payment Methods

Online: Credit Card (Preferred)
At Door: Cash, Check, Credit Card

Earlier Event: April 12
Board Meeting
Later Event: May 10
Board Meeting