York Bridge Concepts, Inc.™ Creates a “Green” Wooden Vehicular Bridge in the Sensitive South Lake Tahoe Wetlands

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After complying with environmental constraints generated by a species of endangered frog, this one-of-a-kind timber vehicular bridge was successfully created.

York Timber Vehicular Bridge

I can say, unequivocally, that the bridge has added to the value of the property and to our strong belief and commitment to maintain our family's legacy asset.

York Bridge Concepts, Inc. ™ (YBC) recently completed a timber vehicular driveway bridge which allows access to a legacy asset property that dates back to the early 1900’s. The property was a portion of the Broder family summer cattle ranch and then became the summer residence for and has been named after, the eldest daughter, Vera Broder. This legacy asset property is now a work in progress. Improvement plans necessitated an access road onto the property for easier entry/exit. Soon thereafter, it became evident that a permanent bridge was also necessary to fulfill this need.

Before the bridge’s inception, the owner had to consult with multiple agencies, over a period of three years. Among many of the challenges, the special environmental hurdles that had to be overcome were all due to high concerns for the endangered California Red-Legged Frog. Without YBC’s effective tactics on making the environment a priority and their incorporation of York Timber Protective Systems™, the bridge would have never met environmental standards and would have never been built: The 104-foot bridge is comprised of two spans that keep supports out of the Angora Creek, minimally impacting the surrounding wetlands. The center bent utilizes non-treated hardwood piling to keep any treated wood out of the wetlands. The remaining elements of the bridge were constructed with treated Douglas Fir wood which offers a beautiful, natural color and is a renewable resource that lasts, keeping future material out of the landfills. During construction, the wetlands and creek were protected by the application of silt fence, tarps and wetland blankets. Most importantly, mats were utilized to support the equipment that was used to drive the pilings for the center of the span — resulting in minimal impact to the wetlands.

One of the most interesting and effective features that this bridge has to offer is its water runoff which retains fluids that may hit the deck (like rainwater) and directs them off of the bridge — this keeps them from entering the sensitive surrounding environment. The feature was created by utilizing the bridge’s camber, installing drains at each end of the bridge, creating a custom closed-curb design (that directs liquids to the drains) and the application of YBC’s epoxy and stone aggregate deck coating (sealing the deck).

After a lengthy permitting process and a significantly shorter and smoother design and build process, it’s evident that YBC has a satisfied client: “York's construction crews are comprised of the most talented and professional craftsmen that one could ever hope for. Their attention to detail and meticulous clean-up of the site after each day's work made the construction phase of the project a dream. I can say, unequivocally, that the bridge has added to the value of the property and to our strong belief and commitment to maintain our family's legacy asset,” stated Robert Bianchi, Trustee.

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About York Bridge Concepts
York Bridge Concepts, Inc. (YBC) is the nation's largest on-site timber vehicular bridge builder. YBC works with industry-leading owners and developers on prestigious projects throughout the U.S. and Internationally, creating more than just a solution for crossing lakes, streams, creeks, wetlands or ravines. In this competitive real estate market, developers who want to ensure that their project stands apart from the competition use York Bridges to add value and create a feeling of exclusivity, warmth, and quality for their customers. Based in Lutz, Florida, with 28 years of experience, YBC has become well-known for their expertise and cutting-edge innovation in timber bridge design and on-site construction.

For more information, please visit YBC’s website.

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