Tarlton earns Missouri Keystone Award for major new pedestrian bridge serving 600K annually at Washington University in St Louis - rejournals.com

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Washington University looked to Tarlton to deconstruct and replace an outdated, narrow pedestrian bridge to improve navigation for students and cyclists that make an estimated 600,000 trips annually across the span. Due to the many entities impacted by the project, deconstruction, not heavy demolition, was a key factor in the project’s success. Tarlton carefully picked off precast side panel sections of the bridge before removing beams and then piers. The construction team placed two new 21-foot-wide steel bridge spans – each measuring 90 feet long and weighing more than 50 tons – in less than two days over a single weekend.

The new pedestrian bridge provides enhanced safety and access for the university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors, as well as area pedestrians, cyclists and residential neighbors. Those with accessibility needs or strollers also find the new bridge easier to navigate. Clearly marked paths give pedestrians and bicyclists separate lanes atop an 18-foot-wide deck – nearly twice as wide as the previous bridge. A new switchback ramp slows the descent of bicycle traffic.

MoBikeFed comment: The new bridge over Forest Park Parkway, which opened last fall, replaced one built in 2005 that was just 8.5 feet wide. The new bridge features separated lanes for walking and bicycling.

Washington University has made major strides in reducing automobile traffic by students and facility to, from, and within campus. The University places emphasis on and gives students and faculty incentive to use other modes, including light rail, transit, bicycling, walking, and carpooling.

The bike/ped bridge is an important part of that effort.



Location of the updated pedestrian bridge is here: https://goo.gl/maps/NbDnQMdwNFwceFK5A