Positively Not Pedestrian

by Jiri Strasky, P.E., (M.ASCE), Design Consultant; Mill Valley, CA,
Gary Rayor, P.E., Principal Engineer; OBEC, Eugene, OR,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 3, Pg. 68-69

Document Type: Feature article


An elaborate pedestrian and bicycle bridge in Eugene incorporates a number of innovative engineering features to create an aesthetically pleasing structure to complement the surrounding area. A sheathed cable system that provides corrosion protection for the main cables was used for the first time in the U.S. A sculptured inverted tripod structure serves as both the main cable anchorage and as the support for a large saucer-shaped observation area and approach span. Additionally, the main cables pass through the center of the deck sections to provide unimpeded access to a midspan observation platform. The designers incorporated many cable-stay corrosion prevention methods into the suspension bridge, requiring FHWA approval.

Subject Headings: Cables | Bridge design | Pedestrians and cyclists | Cable stayed bridges | Suspension bridges | Corrosion | Bridge engineering | Foot bridges

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