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You might want to look at a "traditional" timber framing option.  If you need to do larger spans (whether full span or still partial spans), then you could look to do trusses.  And many timber framers are somw what familiar with doing more "manual" lifting and assembly options that may not include heavy, modern equipment.  Contact me "offline" (i.e. privately) if you want some possible contacts.
Adrian, MI
-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher Banbury [mailto:cbanbury(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2007 5:11 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: timber pedestrian bridge

I need to design a pedestrian bridge to span a 40’ slough in a local forest preserve area.

I’m not sure yet if the system will need to span the entire 40’ or if it can be built as a boardwalk.

I have the Pedestrian Bridge & Walkway Design Guide from the Southern Pine Council.

The materials will need to be pulled or carried to the site so I’m not sure that full span GluLams are feasible.

The boardwalk solution is straight forward but I would appreciate any recommendations for a full span system, timber or otherwise.



Christopher Banbury, PE



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