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Albion, MI Rails to Trails Project


Rails to Trails projects often need new trail bridges to be constructed off existing railroad bridge structures. These types of projects pose difficult construction issues which are readily solved by our lightweight fiberglass bridge system. In the case of Albion, MI, we were able to design a lightweight structural system which added minimal dead load to the existing structure while meeting the design criteria (live load = 100 psf). The new 270’-0”x14’-0” bridge was constructed in 25’-0” sections that were spliced together and then connected to the existing wood railroad structure. Construction was completed in approximately 1 week.

Design Specifications

  • Pedestrian/bicycle/light vehicle
  • Design live load = 100psf
  • Fiberglass support trusses (single diagonal/panel)
  • 54" handrail height above decking
  • Straight end design
  • ADA handrail at 34"
  • Horizontal safety midrails providing 4" maximum opening
  • A307 galvanized steel bolts
  • Standard dead load camber
  • Creative Pultrusions, Inc. series 1500 olive green
  • Galvanized steel mounting clips
  • 3" x 12" #2 pressure treated southern pine decking
  • Components shipped unassembled