It may look like it’s made of wood, but the new pedestrian bridge in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, an on-island suburb of Montreal, is made almost entirely from aluminum.
October 31, 2017 — Boucherville, Quebec, Canada — Located in the 48-hectare (118.6 acres) William Cosgrove Centennial Park, the 7.2 m-long (23’-8”) prefabricated aluminum bridge includes decking and horizontal guard rails made of ipe, an exotic hardwood from South America. The top guard rail and its supports are coated with a faux-wood finish so the bridge can blend into the surrounding park, which includes a forest, lake, and fields.
Designed and manufactured by MAADI Group, the pedestrian bridge was installed in October so that citizens may safely cross a waterway linked to the nearby lake. As a MakeABridge® product, this bridge is weld-free and composed of modular, interlocking parts.
The MakeABridge rests on screwed piles.
A time and cost-efficient solution that is also easier on the environment than traditional concrete abutments. The new aluminum bridge has an ipe exotic decking and horizontal rails on a non corrosive aluminum backbone.
The old wooden footbridge was closed for safety reasons.
The new bridge replaces an obsolete wooden structure. “Almost every two years, we had to put a bit of money into it,” said Dany Iannantuoni, engineer and Project Manager in Dollard’s Public Works department. “Eventually, it was so worn down we actually closed it.”