Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Longest Timber-Truss Pedestrian Bridge in the U.S. Will Link Recreation Visitors with Adventures

This construction project bridges the gap between dreams and real-world adventure on the Chugach National Forest.

By mid-summer, a 280-foot timber-truss pedestrian bridge will carry visitors over the Placer River as part of a plan to provide access to the Kenai Peninsula’s remote backcountry. The bridge is on the trail near the Spencer Whistle Stop, the first of five train stops planned as part of the Whistle Stop Project that combines rail and trail access on the Chugach.

Construction on the longest single-span, timber-truss bridge in North America began in July 2011 before weather conditions halted the project for the winter.  The bridge was manufactured and assembled in Oregon prior to being disassembled, packaged, and shipped to Alaska. Once the bridge was on site, workers reassembled the pieces.  Two, fully assembled 112-foot bridge sections now sit on each side of the river waiting to be lifted into their final positions and connected by the 56-foot middle span.

The Placer Bridge, over the Placer River will measure 280 feet long and is scheduled for completion by mid-July. Photo Credit: Forest Service photo
With the spring thaw, construction will soon resume on the pedestrian bridge, the first step in connecting Spencer with future Whistle Stops. Work is nearly complete on the Grandview Whistle Stop, the second stop about nine miles south of Spencer. There, visitors will find sweeping views of a lush alpine valley and glaciers.

Check out the full article posted by Jane Knowlton & Gwen Ernst-Ulrich on the USDA Blog 

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