Timber Pedestrian Bridges for Health and Wellness Trail

The mile-long Health and Wellness Trail circumventing Florida’s Pasco-Hernando State College is being interlinked with the addition of 3 new timber framed pedestrian bridges.

The McLaren Difference: Applied Ingenuity

Working with Skanska, McLaren engineered the three bridges over low lying areas, to continue the Health and Wellness Trail, that parallels the road circumnavigating the campus in Newport, FL. Our Florida team provided construction, bridge, and structural engineering services for the project, designing the bridges themselves, foundations, piles, framing, abutments, and connections for the bridges that run across drainage ditches leading to stormwater retention ponds.

Spanning a total of 600 feet in length, the bridge bents are constructed of timber piles and timber pile caps with solid sawn lumber stringers, decking, and guardrails. McLaren designed the timber pedestrian bridges for the worst-case combination of loads using dead, live, and wind loads as specified in 2020 Florida Building Code.

New Port Richey, FL
Year Completed
Skanska USA Building Inc.

Image Credit for Images 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6: Skanska