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University of North Carolina

Greensboro, North Carolina

Parks & Recreation


University of North Carolina


Kimley Horn & Associates Inc.


Kimley Horn & Associates Inc.


March 2005

The University of North Carolina has been involved in an extensive project to improve the campus and make it more pedestrian friendly. After studying pedestrian flow, the consulting project engineers and planners, Kimley Horn & Associates, Inc., recommended a Continental® pedestrian truss bridge as part of the solution. University officials agreed and Kimley Horn asked Contech for their technical assistance with the design.

Peabody Park, where the bridge would be placed, is an environmentally sensitive area, and University officials wanted a ‘statement’ or ‘signature’ bridge designed to compliment the natural surroundings. After discussions with their client, Kimley Horn chose a threespan modified bowstring bridge design where additional diagonals were added to achieve a very unique multi-arched appearance. Each span is 12 feet wide by 92 feet long. A hot-dipped galvanized finish was specified to add aesthetic appeal and reduce overall maintenance. The bridge was designed to accept a cast-in-place concrete deck.

The new bridge is located on a pedestrian walkway that passes through Peabody Park to the School of Music. It allows students to cut across the campus in about five minutes. The three bridge sections were delivered to the site and installed in only two days.

Technical Description:

  • Width: 12 ft
  • Span: 92 ft
  • Style: Custom Keystone®
  • Finish: Hot Dipped Galvanized
  • Decking: Concrete

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