Location: New York
Project: Wolfe’s Pond Park I-Beam Pedestrian Bridge
Product: Pedestrian Bridge
Overview paragraph: While making trail improvement decisions, the trail association looked for a long-lasting alternative material for this project instead of wood. The previous structure was installed in the late '80s and was structurally unsafe and in significant need of renovation.
The E.T. Techtonics team was able to design a short span solution to solve the customer's problems. Since the span of this structure was under 25', an I-Beam bridge was able to be utilized in this situation. The I-Beam style bridge uses fewer members and is much more cost-effective than a truss-style structure at short lengths. The design of the structure used FRP C-channels, square tubes, angles, and wood decking. With lightweight FRP, the group was able to carry in the component parts to a site with minimal access for heavy machinery and equipment. This bridge also featured FRP hand railing on the side to protect users.
The bridge was shipped unassembled to the trail organization for assembly. After a day of hiking in the parts, the bridge was installed entirely on-site in less than 4 hours. The association was very impressed with its first FRP installation walkway. They were amazed at how lightweight the components were, and how quick assembly was.