Last night, January 23rd, our director of civil engineering, Greg Osborne, PE, and Raveesh Varma, SE, our chief structural engineer, presented Epstein’s design of the Riverview Bridge to the Illinois Section of the ASCE Young Members Group. Greg & Raveesh’s presentation was held at our Chicago Headquarters and focused on the design process and engineering challenges of this groundbreaking piece of public infrastructure.
Over the past decade the City of Chicago has made a concerted effort to invest in the Lakefront, the Chicago River, natural areas and recreational opportunities in neighborhoods across the city. The Riverview Bridge, which will complete a critical link in the riverfront trail spanning from the city core to the extensive set of northern trails, is a prime example of this civic investment. By running off-road and below Addison Street, the Riverview Bridge will span over the river to California Park, creating a nearly contiguous 2-mile long recreational trail called the 312 RiverRun. Reaching more than 1,000 feet long and 16 feet wide, the Riverview Bridge will be the longest pedestrian river bridge in the city. It will have a vertical clearance of more than 18 feet to accommodate recreational use by boaters and its separation from the arterial streets will eliminate the need for users to cross major streets, enhancing pedestrian safety.
Riverview Bridge is currently under construction with an anticipated completion date at the end of 2018.
About Greg Osborne, PE
Greg is Epstein’s vice president and director of civil engineering. He has 20 years of civil engineering design experience and, at Epstein, is responsible for directing the firm’s site development, transportation and infrastructure engineering services. Greg has a BS from the University of Detroit Mercy.
About Raveesh Varma, SE
Raveesh is Epstein’s chief structural engineer. He has over 20 years of structural engineering design experience in the public and private sector. Raveesh has a MS from the University of Michigan and BS from Panjab University in Chandigarh, India.
About the ASCE Young Members Group
The ASCE Young Members Group provides opportunities to help civil engineers, 35 and under, make friends in the profession, grow their careers, and develop as leaders in their communities.