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Angelica Park

Reading, Pennsylvania

Parks & Recreation


City of Reading


Alfred Benesch & Company


E. Kuser, Inc.


November 29, 2007

Angelica Park is a 117-acre recreational area along the Schuylkill River in southeastern Pennsylvania. The park recently underwent a major renovation that included a new wetlands center, grasses, trees and shrubs.

E. Kuser, Inc. was called in to realign and repair the banks of Angelica Creek that were destroyed when a storm washed out the nearby dam in 2001. Part of the restoration project called for a new pedestrian bridge to cross the creek. Consulting engineer Alfred Benesch and Company hoped to provide an economical solution from a cost perspective, as well as minimize future maintenance concerns. The structure also needed to accommodate the design storm event while ensuring stability during an overtopping event.

A Continental® Connector® style truss bridge was selected. The structure could also provide aesthetics and be installed quickly. Adding to the speed of installation, Contech Bridge Solutions provided precast abutments that saved additional time and helped provide an easy installation.

“The Contech solution was ideal in that is satisfied all of the design criteria for less cost than any alternative,” said George Horas, Project Manager for Alfred Benesch and Company. “Technical support both during design and in the field also contributed to the success of the project.”

Technical Description:

  • Width: 6-ft.
  • Span: 58-ft.
  • Style: Connector
  • Finish: Weathering Steel
  • Decking: Trex®

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