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Olympic Bobsled Bridge

Salt Lake City, Utah

Pedestrian

Owner:

Salt Lake City Olympic Committee

Contractor:

Okland Construction

Installation:

1996 (5), 2000

For the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games, Contech supplied six Continental ® pedestrian truss bridges. These bridges span over the bobsled track and allow spectators to gain a unique perspective of the fastest sport in the Winter Games.

The first five bridges were ordered in 1994 and shipped out in 1996 so that they would be ready when Salt Lake City was in the Olympic bidding process. In 2000, the last bridge was ordered and installed.

Challenges at these Olympic Game sites included demanding competition requirements and a limiting of impact on land and wildlife. The steel truss bridges solved these issues and are now part of one of the most historical sporting event sites in the U.S.

In addition to the bobsled bridges, two Continental pedestrian structures were installed in neighboring Park City. Prior to installation, skiers would have to walk several blocks through town, carrying their skis and heavy gear. The Park City Mountain Ski Resort purchased the bridge so skiers and competitors could ski right into town, eliminating the traffic congestion pedestrians were causing. The bridges are designed with a concrete deck to carry two feet of soil and grass and at least two feet of packed snow. In the summertime, the bridge is part of a green beltway leading right up to the mountain.

 

Technical Description:

  •  Width: 6 ft (5), 7 ft
  • Span: 81 ft , 78 ft , 40 ft , 35 ft (2), 27 ft
  • Style: Connector®
  • Finish: Weathering Steel (5), Painted Steel
  • Decking: Wood (5), Concrete

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