Project Impact. The US-77 Bridge was one of the first of eight bridges that tell the story of the City of Norman, Oklahoma. The goals of the proposed $4.8 billion project is to improve mobility along I-35E in a safe, efficient, reliable and environmentally sensitive manner.
Features & Design Context. CDR experts were influenced by the state’s prairie ecosystems. Working from dimensioned drawings from CDR, Creative Form Liners’ in-house artisans handcrafted the three different prairie-grass patterns and the intricately detailed pattern of the Scissor-tailed flycatcher pattern, Oklahoma’s state bird, which appears on the pier cap and wing walls.
Techniques & Requirements.
The patterns were handcrafted with a maximum two-inch relief.
The form liners were cast using high-quality elastomeric/urethane rubber, each capable of producing up to fifty concrete patterns.
We made the urethane-rubber decorative custom stamps to reproduce the repeating decorative concrete pattern of prairie grasses on the bridge’s slope walls.
“CFL’s had a professional and thoughtful approach to this remarkable project. In a few years, Norman and the rest of the state are going realize the magnitude and uniqueness of this signature project”. Shawn O'Leary, P.E., Director of Public Works (City of Norman, Oklahoma)
“CFL’s work depicts a community’s story. I have worked with CFL in a sensitive situation where many voices had to be heard, respected and somehow united in a work of art reflecting their collective history. CFL’s team truly a master the art of listening to people and assimilating their individual interests unto a unified picture.” Debby Williams, Director (Oklahoma Art in Public Places)
“CFL has provided OOOT with initial design concepts, helped us through the community involvement process, worked closely with our highway contractors, and provided us with a high quality product in a timely manner that adds value to the end product that can't be achieved in any other way.” Gary Ridley, Secretary of Transportation (Oklahoma Department of Transportation).
Media.Aspire Magazine, Project. (2013, October). Interstate 35 Corridor. Eight consecutive I-35 bridge designs showcase Oklahoma’s history [Press release]. Retrieved February 26, 2017, from http://aspirebridge.com/