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Yowell Meadow Park

Culpeper, Virginia

Pedestrian Overpass

Contractor:

Neff Crane Services

Installation:

January 2022

Technical Description:

• Continental® Pedestrian Truss
• Span: 45 ft
• Width: 6 ft
• Style: Connector®
• Finish: Weathered Steel
• Decking: Wood

Yowell Meadow Park was purchased by the Town of Culpeper, Virginia in 1971 from the estate of Frieda Q. Yowell for just $10. Located downtown, the park features a paved walking trail and a nature trail. The walking trail is lined with markers containing information about Culpeper's history, while the nature trail passes a monument dedicated to the Culpeper Minutemen. Other amenities include kid-friendly play areas, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts and a Skate Park Facility for skateboarders that was renovated in 2013. During a recent improvement project, a new bridge structure was needed to replace a low-water, concrete bridge that often flooded. 

“The new bridge is situated back from the stream embankment, which will also help minimize erosion at the site," stated Jim Hoy, Director of Public Services with the Town of Culpeper.

With the bridge located in a flood plain, it was decided that a 45' long x 6' wide Connector®-style Continental® Pedestrian Truss was the best replacement solution. Similar structures have been used in this park as well as other Culpeper parks. The new structure will not only improve access and safety for visitors, but also will withstand heavy rains.

Neff Crane Services installed the 2,500 pound truss bridge in just one day. In addition to the new bridge, the $89,000 project also included realignment of the walking trail so it matches the approach of the new bridge, which was relocated about 40' upstream from the original crossing.  

In the end, the Continental truss bridge was a great solution for the site and the town was pleased with the outcome.

"The new Contech pedestrian bridges have been a success for the Town by providing trail connectivity and improving access during periodic flooding," concluded Hoy. "Contech makes a durable, low maintenance and attractive product. We especially like the weathered steel which is a good match for pedestrian bridges in parks. We will definitely keep them in mind for future needs."

Technical Description:

• Continental® Pedestrian Truss
• Span: 45 ft
• Width: 6 ft
• Style: Connector®
• Finish: Weathered Steel
• Decking: Wood

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