SUNY Canton bridges win Learning by Design Honorable Mention
Learning by Design magazine awarded C&S’s design of two pedestrian bridges at SUNY Canton an honorable mention in their Fall 2013 issue.
The campus of SUNY Canton connects to the Village of Canton via a path that crosses the Grasse River and an island, providing a short, safe route between campus and off-campus housing. Original bridges, constructed in the mid 1960s, were rehabilitated in the 1990s, but had reached the end of their life spans. C&S evaluated the existing abutments and determined they were adequate to support new bridges after some modification. New veneer stone was added to the abutment approach walls. The two new bridges (two span 108-foot and three-span 204-foot) are burr arch trusses with glue-laminated timber covered with standing seam metal roofs. The campus side bridge is eight feet wide and designed for H-5 light duty truck loads for access for maintenance and plowing. The village side remains six feet wide. Removable, lockable bollards at the approaches for each bridge preclude vehicle traffic. The island path was re-graded, paved, and raised to meet ADA standards and to reduce the frequency of closures from high water during spring ice jams on the river. The lighting system was replaced with an energy-efficient LED system and the existing blue light emergency communications system was also upgraded.