The New Town at St. Charles is a unique, pedestrian friendly neighborhood. Site planning firm DPZ saw the advantages of designing the development around a series of lakes, which could contain stormwater runoff and provide a dramatic and active waterfront.
The first bridge in the community was a triple span
CON/SPAN® arch bridge. The precast concrete bridge, chosen primarily for aesthetics, connects North & South New Town Avenues by crossing the canal at Canal Street. Developers saw this bridge as essential in helping visitors gain a sense of the pedestrian experience that DPZ had envisioned.
A few months later, two additional identical single span CON/SPAN bridges were installed. The vehicular bridges lead to a prominent civic green area near the town square.
“The bridges not only accommodate our residents who typically walk or bike to the lakes/canals, market, café, civic areas and more, but they are also a focal point of our town,” said Greg Whittaker, President of Whittaker Homes. “Contech offered a quality product that could be customized to our needs both structurally and aesthetically, which is very important in a place like New Town.”
Additionally, five Steadfast vehicular truss bridges and three Continental® pedestrian truss bridges have been installed throughout the development, and seveal more structures are in the planning stages for New Town.