Nature Bridges, the Award Winning boardwalk and timber bridge contractor, completed a free-span pedestrian railroad overpass, pedestrian timber truss bridge, and boardwalks at beautiful Lafayette Heritage Park in Tallahassee, FL.
The canopy system was completed on December 9, 2013, taking 7 months to complete. Nature Bridges designed and constructed a 10’ wide x 133’ long steel free-span railroad pedestrian overpass with 715 total lineal feet of pedestrian truss bridge approaches. Nature Bridges used its top down construction method to build the wooden pedestrian boardwalk bridges that meander through the tops of 200-year-old Live Oaks. This canopy trail gives users the feel of being in a tree house.
This free-span pedestrian timber truss bridge is made of weathering steel box truss, with wood decking and a metal gable roof. The steel towers for the free-span bridges were anchored in engineered concrete and steel foundations, and then erected on site with a truck-crane. After completion of the steel towers and the timber approaches the steel bridge was delivered to the site in two sections which were spliced together on site. The batwing crane that was used to set the bridge had to be delivered to the site via 17 tractor trailers and then assembled on site at the base of the north tower. The free-span truss bridge was rigged for the crane and then set in to place using one motion. The stainless safety net and gabled roof system were then installed to finish this trail connection.
Nature Bridges, located in Monticello, Florida, is a leading bridge building company specializing in top down construction of pedestrian bridges and boardwalks in environmentally sensitive areas. Nature Bridges offers a wide variety of development amenities including golf cart bridges, architecturally designed trellises, fencing, pavilions, decks, docks, timber retaining walls, timber curbing, guardrails and roadside walkways. For more information, contact Nature Bridges at 850-997-8585 or visit us at www.naturebridges.com.
Want to learn more about our recent projects? Read about our construction of pedestrian boardwalk bridges at Ivy Creek Greenway Park in Georgia.