Posted by Jessica McCann

4/21/17 2:42 PM

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Pedestrian Pathways: Ontario & Québec

Québec City

Now that the weather is heating up, it’s not too painful to revisit a cold week in February. My family spent an early spring break visiting Canada – Ottawa, Montreal and Québec City to be precise. That’s right - when the rest of the Midwest goes south, we go north. While exploring, we noticed several noteworthy pedestrian bridges and walkways, and I'm here to share our observations.

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Posted by Lexi McCormick

4/18/17 2:42 PM

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A Modern Twist On Pedestrian Bridges

In this day and age, big cities are seeking out ways to make their cities really stand out.  One increasingly popular way of doing this is to create innovative architectural designs to complement urban landscapes. We’re in the business of bridges so, of course, we are here to highlight yet another unique bridge design.

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Posted by Lexi McCormick

4/5/17 8:06 PM

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Amazing Pedestrian Bridges Take Root in India

Map photo below by Filpro (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0), via Wikimedia Commons

Many of our recent blogs have highlighted some of the most architecturally creative and unique man-made pedestrian bridges in the world. Some bridges, however, aren't man-made - they're created by forces of nature. To see one of our favorites, let’s journey to one of the rainiest places on earth, Meghalaya, India.

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Posted by Lexi McCormick

4/4/17 4:55 AM

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History and a View: The Kinzua Sky Walk

There are many unique bridges in the world today, many of which are designated as historic landmarks. Unfortunately, these celebrated structures are often subject to the whims of Mother Nature. When disaster strikes, individuals, government officials and/or conservation groups may step in to save these culturally-significant landmarks. Here's one example of how a community banded together to save the Kinzua Creek Valley Bridge.  

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Posted by Lexi McCormick

3/28/17 12:18 PM

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Stand-Out Pedestrian Bridge Slithers Its Way Into Amsterdam

This week, in our blog series on unique bridges, we're going back to the Netherlands. Amsterdam has a great number of bridges (over 1,200 to be exact) thanks to the various waterways twisting throughout the city. It's also one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in the world, with thousands of cyclists and pedestrians navigating the city every day. Therefore, pedestrian bridges are a necessary architectural element for the city and its residents.

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Posted by Lexi McCormick

3/21/17 11:24 AM

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This “Waves” Bridge Makes a Splash in Singapore


In a recent blog, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge needed a height that allowed boats to pass under it. Height is not an issue with this bridge, the next in our series of unique bridges, as its the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore. The Henderson Waves Bridge spans Henderson Road and stands over one-hundred feet tall and about nine-hundred feet long. 

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Posted by Scott Reeve

3/16/17 8:56 AM

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Advocating for Infrastructure

Watching the weather report this week on the snow storm in Washington D.C. reminded me that I hadn't written a blog about my last visit, when it was sunny and warm (in February!). We were in D.C. to support our trade association, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), and its annual Infrastructure Day on Capitol Hill. ACMA is the largest trade association for our industry and is involved in many efforts including education, networking, business opportunities and advocacy. 

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Topics: American Composite Manufacturers Association, advocacy, industry news

Posted by Lexi McCormick

3/13/17 11:09 AM

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Tilting for What Goes Over and What Goes Under

To continue our blog series on unique bridges, let's examine another English wonder.

While the first thing we may think about in bridge design is what's going over the bridge, consideration must be given to the objects going underneath it. It's especially common for bridges to pass over waterways that are regularly used by boats. Bridge designers and architects must address boat clearance and the length of the approaches to reach clearance elevations. Movable bridges, like the Rocks Village Bridge in Massachusetts, are popular solutions for these situations. Let's look at a very different movable bridge in England.

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Posted by Lexi McCormick

3/6/17 2:38 PM

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The Pedestrian Bridge with No Beginning and No End

Have you ever felt like you were just going around in circles? If you were to take a stroll on the “Infinite Bridge” in Denmark, that's exactly how you'd feel - because that's exactly what you'd be doing. 

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Posted by Scott Reeve

3/1/17 10:25 AM

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Lessons From a Golf Course – Part Two

Photo courtesy of the Happy Pontist.

Golfers consider an 18-hole game standard fare these days. But 30 years ago, nine-hole courses like the one at Aberfeldy Golf Club in the Scottish Highlands were common. When the club did decide it was time to add nine more holes across the River Tay, the need for a durable, cost-efficient bridge turned the area into a staging ground for an experiment in advanced materials.  

One of the world’s first Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) bridges, Aberfeldy Footbridge, will turn 25 this October, a noteworthy anniversary I first mentioned back in January. Since opening in 1992, the bridge has endured countless spiked golf shoes as well as weather extremes ranging from severe flooding to 140 kph winds. The structure’s longevity also gives us the gift of hindsight, something Dr. Tim Stratford, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh, capitalized on in 2012.

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Topics: pedestrian bridges, composite bridge, FRP Composites