The pedestrian bridge will help enhance wildlife learning objectives that the Florida Forever Conservation Program wishes to achieve through their monthly nature walks
Tallahassee, FL (Vocus) April 5, 2010
Nature Bridges (http://www.NatureBridges.com ) one of the nation’s leading bridge builders specializing in top down construction of timber bridges and pedestrian boardwalks through ecologically sensitive areas, announced today it has completed the construction of a custom built timber bridge for the City of Fernandina Beach, Florida at Eagan’s Creek
Eagan’s Creek is part of the Florida Forever Conservation Program that was acquisitioned by the Florida Communities Trust and The City of Fernandina Beach. Opening in 2001 to the public, the park encompasses over 300 acres of natural wildlife and vegetation. Located on the northern end of Amelia Island, Eagan’s Creek greenway is ideal for hiking, biking, wildlife observation and wildlife photography.
In order to enhance visitors’ experiences while visiting the park, the City of Fernandina Beach implemented plans to improve Eagan’s Creek greenway trails. The enhancements included an 8 ft wide by 500 ft long pedestrian bridge that winds its way through Egan’s Creek’s wetlands. Nature Bridges, the bridge contractor who was awarded the job, completed the bridge construction in February 2010. “The pedestrian bridge will help enhance wildlife learning objectives that the Florida Forever Conservation Program wishes to achieve through their monthly nature walks,” said JD James, President of Nature Bridges.
Initial pedestrian boardwalk plans required using conventional construction methods, which pose a destructive threat to the ecologically sensitive vegetation and wildlife found in areas such as Eagan’s Creek. Nature Bridges’ design team reviewed the initial plans and determined that top down construction methods would be better utilized in Eagan’s Creek. “By utilizing top down construction, our machinery and equipment stay on the structure, not the ground, virtually eliminating destruction of sensitive vegetation and wildlife habitats,” said JD James, President of Nature Bridges. “If we wish to preserve our natural resources, we must collectively find alternative methods for construction in these sensitive environments. Top down construction is one of the ways we can accomplish this goal.”
Nature Bridges used recycled structural plastic for the decking and handrails. Amazingly, the structural plastic is strong enough to hold the weight of Nature Bridges’ machinery, not to mention it is virtually maintenance free. The structural plastic is made from HDPE (high density polyethylene) recycled plastic like that used for milk jugs. With the marriage of top down construction and recycled plastic materials, Nature Bridges’ design team created a revolutionary green bridge construction project.
Located in Tallahassee, Florida, Nature Bridges is a leading bridge builder that specializes in design-build construction and maintenance of golf course, pedestrian and vehicular bridges, along with architecturally-designed site amenities. For more information, contact Nature Bridges at (850) 835-3234 or visit http://www.NatureBridges.com .