Equestrian/Pedestrian Land Bridge over I-95
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Equestrian/Pedestrian Land Bridge over I-95
Project Highlights
  • Design/build project with and overall design/construction fee of $2.85 million
  • Shallow foundations utilized for both the center pier as well as the end bents atop the MSE walls
  • LRFD Design
  • Fully landscaped land bridge for equestrian and pedestrian use
  • High level of aesthetics using form liners concrete stain and decorative wall panels
  • Client: FDOT District 5
  • Construction Cost: $2,850,000.00
Project Brief

This multi-use award winning structure was designed and constructed as a design/build effort to carry both equestrian and pedestrian traffic over Interstate 95 in Flagler County. The bridge is topped with a dirt path with planters on both sides. The planters include native vegetation including dwarf tree varieties that shield users from the traffic below.

To further enhance the esthetics of this bridge, form liners, concrete stain, and decorative MSE wall panels were incorporated. A full irrigation system and series of underdrains were added to maintain the landscaping.

The two-span structure utilizes AASHTO Type V beams atop spread foundations. The design of the shallow foundations at the end bents was carefully coordinated with the wall supplier to minimize settlement and reduce overall project cost.

Design Engineer for this unique project involving designing and constructing a pedestrian/equestrian crossing over I-95 located approximately 1/2 mile from Princess Place and adjacent to the Florida Agricultural Museum (FAM). Both FAM and Princess Place are tourist attractions that sponsor various horseback activities that would use the bridge. The purpose of the project was to develop an economical solution to design and construct a bridge over I-95 for horses and people, which would appear natural to the user. Only one other Pedestrian Equestrian "Land Bridge" has been constructed over the interstate in the country. This project resulted in landscaped planters lining the outside of the pathway that shielded the users from the noise and sight of traffic below. The trail consisted of a two span bridge on spread footings that rested atop mechanically stabilized earth walls. Plans and construction included the structural and approach aspects of the project, geotechnical issues, permitting and drainage, and maintenance of traffic. Costs were $2,850,000.