Scale model of Toledo, Ohio's Veteran's Glass City Skyway cable-stayed bridge.
About this creation
This is a scale model of the new Veteran's Glass City Skyway bridge being built in downtown Toledo, Ohio, USA, to carry Interstate 280 over the Maumee River. It is a cable-stayed bridge with a single pylon and twenty cables on each side.
The model is not only true to scale, but, like my ship model, it is also built in the same manner as the original. First, more than three hundred sub-assemblies were built, each to scale. Then after the center pylon was built, the segments were attached one by one, and the main span of the bridge slowly materializes outward from the pylon.
The original bridge has glass panels on the four faces of the center pylon, with red, green and blue high-intensity LEDs behind them. This allows the bridge to be lit with various color patterns at night. To mimic this feature, my model uses colored wedges. The wedges are not a structural part of the pylon, so they can easily be removed and changed as desired.
The scale of the model is 1 in = 7.46 ft. The main span is completely supported by the "cables" (the only non-LEGO part of the model) and the main pylon. The model is 14 feet long, 4.5 feet high at the top of the pylon, 18 inches high at the roadway, and 8 inches wide. No glue or modified parts were used.
The model was recently on display for a year at COSI Toledo, a children's science museum in Toledo, Ohio, that has since closed. It was also on display at Brick Bash in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in March 2008, and will be displayed at BrickWorld in Chicago, Illinois, in June 2008.
I am grateful to the Ohio Department of Transporation and other personnel at the field office for the help they gave, and the technical infomration they provided through tours of the project and copies of engineering plans.