Papillion Pedestrian Bridge – Papillion, NE
The pedestrian bridge, built in 1972 over N85, was at the end of its service life. The pre-stressed, single-team main span with 8 cast-in-place circular approach supports was seriously deteriorating which caused safety concerns for parents, school, and city officials.
The replacement bridge chosen primarily for its quick installation, ADA compliance, and cost savings was a 90’-6” x 8’-7” Capstone-style Continental Pedestrian Bridge from Contech Engineered Solutions. The truss style recalls Papillion’s roots as a railroad town and serves as a welcoming entrance to the historic downtown.
Many of TD2’s civil design and materials selection decisions were made with student safety in mind as the site was located next to a middle school.
- Switchback ramp position and bridge layout meet ADA access and slope requirements, max. 8.33% for a max rise of 2.5 feet with landings every 30 feet are easily navigable by wheelchairs and pedestrians
- Steel – strong, safe, durable. Manufacturing facilities are AISC Major Bridge Certified
- Decking – lightweight fiberglass reinforced plastic (Aqua Grate® Pultruded Gratings from Fibergrate Composite Structures, Inc.) is engineered to withstand corrosive conditions associated with recreational and marine applications and was ADA Compliant
- Other outstanding architectural and electrical features add to its signature look:
- Signage and branding – top rail lettering and polished brass sheeting with the City’s stylized logo wrap the support piers
- Lighting – integrated color changing, low-voltage linear lighting
To learn more about the project, contact us.
Photo credits: City of Papillion