The Walter Bean Trail was designed to ensure an educational, environmental, and recreational heritage experience for generations to come. When the last metre is in place, the Trail will run approximately 78 kilometers through the Grand River watershed and will extend as one continuous pathway through Kitchener, Waterloo, and Woolwich to north of West Montrose. Seeking to fill a critical missing link in the Trail, the City of Kitchener and local trail enthusiasts envisioned a pedestrian bridge crossing the Grand River beside the Doon Valley Golf Course.
Understanding the distinctive needs of the project, including the environmentally sensitive area and the vision of the Walter Bean Trail Committee and stakeholders was a key to Burnside’s success in the approach to the work. Flexibility and creativity were both required in the design and construction of the pedestrian bridge, due to the challenging proposed location and the various alternative structure options presented throughout the design process. The pedestrian bridge is a 75 metre single span, arched weathering steel truss structure on reinforced concrete foundations, complete with a large landscaped armour stone retaining wall.
The unique pedestrian bridge was completed on time and within budget. Burnside was able to assist the client and finalize a project that had been underway for almost a decade, and turn it into a reality, the construction of a critical link between two important sections of the Walter Bean Trail.
Burnside is honoured to have been awarded a 2016 Great Place Award by the City of Kitchener.
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