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Madera Canyon

Tucson, Arizona


Friends of Madera Canyon


Weber Engineering


Pima Paving


November 2008

Madera Canyon, located south of Tucson on the northern slopes of the Santa Rita Mountain range, provides an extensive trail system and is a renowned location for bird watching. In fact, over 230 species of birds have been spotted in the area.

When a pedestrian bridge structure was needed along the trail system, the Friends of Madera Canyon, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service’s Coronado National Forest, chose a 6-ft. x 67-ft. Continental® truss bridge. This solution was selected for its quick, on time delivery and competitive pricing.

“Contech provided us with a 5-ft. x 22-ft. Continental for a different project in the canyon several years ago,” stated Phil English, Special Projects Committee - Contract Coordinator with Friends of Madera Canyon. “Once again, Contech demonstrated their ability to produce a competitively priced steel bridge.”

The main challenge of the project was installing the structure in a wooded area and down into the stream bed. With pre-planning and a crane ready to go, the bridge was installed within an hour of arrival to the site. A crane lifted the prefabricated structure over two 60-ft. high trees, down into the stream bed and directly onto the four bolts attached to the abutments.

“Without pause or problem, this lovely weathered steel and safety built bridge was installed and bolted in place,” added Phil English. “Once again, it met our requirements 100%. Thanks to Contech for providing a precise and reliable installation performance and attractive structure. Hundreds of folks from around the world will use this trail every year in our ‘skinny little Madera Canyon.’”

Technical Description:

  • Width: 6-ft.
  • Span: 67-ft.
  • Style: Connector®
  • Finish: Weathering Steel
  • Decking: Concrete

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