Relieving congestion at the intersection of College Ave & Joyce Blvd, with an emphasis on safety, was the main goal for this project. The new flyover bridge provided safe travel for commuters and relieved congestion prior to the start of the school year. The College Ave and Joyce Blvd intersection was one of Arkansas’s most congested intersections at the time. Emery Sapp & Sons were awarded the contract to reconstruct the intersection. At the time, this was the first time ESS had set structural steel on a curved bridge of this magnitude without using shoring towers which required four cranes at once to accomplish. With such extreme curvature of the structural steel during the erection process, the curvature of the beams required a significant amount of engineering and planning which required ESS team effort; pulling people from our local site in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and the DOT Branch.
Owner City of Fayetteville, AR
Civil Engineer Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
ESS Role General Contractor
Project Duration 20 months
Scope of Work
The Fulbright Expressway project consisted of over 18,000 cubic yards of grading, paving for ramp improvements, constructing a new flyover bridge, installing 3,500 square feet of mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls, and constructing the northbound to westbound bridge over the expressway. The flyover bridge was a six-span structure built on a 5-foot-deep steel girder system and a 352-foot radius. Bridge spans were 122 feet, 165 feet, 161 feet, 124 feet, 118 feet, and 118 feet. The northbound bridge was 32 feet wide and the deck was poured in two pours that totaled 730 cubic yards.