For this design-build project, Creative Design Resolutions was engaged by the City of Dublin to create an Aesthetic Master Plan for the expansion of the nearby US 33 & I 270 Northwest Interchange, a two-phase $125 million dollar project. CDR’s team studied the surrounding area’s history and culture as well as conducted community outreach meetings with the City and its residents to develop the aesthetic enhancements for the various bridge and highway elements including: parapet fascias, wing walls, piers, bull nose, abutments, MSE walls, cast-in-place walls, and noise walls.
The simple and elegant parapet design underscores the strength of community in Dublin. The knot illustrates the strength of individuals coming together for a common cause. The Celtic style of the knot is a nod to Dublin’s affinity for all things Irish. In between interspersed knots is a flourish that resembles two hands clasping, furthering the themes of community spirit and Irish motifs. In this one design, CDR synthesizes what Dubliners celebrate and cherish the most about their city and their adopted Irish heritage. These bridges also feature signage reading the “City of Dublin” that announces to commuters that they have entered the City.
Also, CDR created designs for the MSE and cast-in-place walls that pay homage to how much City resident’s value the natural environment. As drivers pass by the monumental landscape on these highway walls, they will see a pictorial representation of the beauty of the Scioto River and the activities that take place there. Kayakers can be seen paddling and enjoying the scenic outdoors. Ducks dot the river, and a blue heron serves as a reminder that this river is an important migration corridor for wildlife. Part of the historic Dublin bridge can be seen and serves as a familiar local marker. This wall uses modular elements to create the riverscape scene. Using only a few unique liners, CDR can create hundreds of feet of custom walls.