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Behind the scenes: Osler Bridge

Osler bridge with staff

The 120-foot long, 22-foot wide Osler Bridge opened last Friday to provide safe passage for more than 3,500 students, employees and visitors traveling between the main campus and West Village every day. Below, project Manager Jonathan Lindhorst gave us some behind the scenes stats on what it took to build the bridge, which is heavier than the Statue of Liberty! 

  • An average of 45—and sometimes up to 70—construction staff worked six days a week for 15 months to build the bridge. The man hours spent constructing the bridge are equivalent to the credit hours required to earn 67 bachelor’s degrees.
  • Two steel beams which each weigh as much as a tractor-trailer provide the main support for the bridge. In the photo above, you can see one of the tan beams surrounded by the Towson University lettering. It doesn’t look too big in the photo, but that beam is six feet wide! The average person could stand inside its edges.
  • Nearly an acre of pavers make up the surface of the bridge and the walkways on either side of it. That’s more than three times the size of the average home lot in our area.
  • If you stood next to the bridge’s Towson University lettering, it would come up to your waist. Each letter is three feet high, or more than half the height of the average male in the U.S.

Huge thanks to Jonathan (pictured above with Electrical Trades Chief Joseph Laumann, who helped to make the bridge a reality) and to everyone who worked on the project. See a video of the bridge’s grand opening celebration here.

By Pamela Gorsuch

2 Responses to “Behind the scenes: Osler Bridge”

  1. Nobody

    Are you sure about that?

    The statue of liberty is 450,000 pounds, not including the base.

    That would mean you’re suggesting the Osler bridge weighs 31 times that, or approximately 14 million pounds.

    Seems just a tad high.

    • pgorsuch

      Hello: The Statue of Liberty is 450,000 pounds, or 225 tons. According to the project manager, the bridge uses 3,500 cubic yards of concrete, and the conversion rate for cubic yards to tons is 2.03. By this calculation, the bridge equals 7,098 tons. 7098/225 is 31.5.

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