Better Roads Staff
STV designed the rehabilitation of the 2,419-foot-long pedestrian bridge for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Repairs included the replacement of almost 1,000 wooden railroad ties and the widening of the bridge span for pedestrian traffic. The project also included three structural steel overlooks, places to stop and enjoy the panoramic views and to learn more about the bridge’s Civil War history through interpretive signs and programs.
To widen the span, STV determined that every fourth tie along the bridge would be replaced with a 14-foot-long tie. Steel brackets were attached to each end of these long ties and from there 4-by-4-inch posts were placed perpendicularly along the sides of the deck to form the rail system and to increase the width of the walkway.
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