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Big R Bridge helps Red Rocks rockers rock on

May 19, 2015

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Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a 9,500-seat, world-renowned outdoor concert venue near Denver, CO, providing a unique experience for hundreds of thousands of fans each summer. When the popular park needed a new stream crossing at Gate #2, a pre-engineered and prefabricated solution from Big R Bridge earned rave reviews.

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Truss design with weathering finish a real “natural”
The Big R design team, in nearby Greeley, CO, recommended a Warren Chorded Truss style with a naturally-weathering steel finish that just fit in beautifully with the iconic park setting.

About naturally-weathering steel
Big R Bridges are available in a variety of finishes: Weathering, Painted, Hot-Dip Galvanized or Metalized. A weathering steel superstructure is an economical choice, with a unique appearance that complements outdoor settings. Weathering steel naturally oxidizes to provide a protective patina that does not require painting. The color will vary regionally from dark brown to orange tones. Many bridge engineers choose weathering steel for its environmental performance and economical benefits.

  • Reduced toxic emissions: No oil-based coating is used, which reduces emissions of volatile organic compounds.
  • No contaminated blast debris in habitats: Because the steel is not painted, no periodic maintenance blasting is required.
  • Cost savings of 10 percent or more initially and even more over the life of the structure: No painting and the durability of steel mean reduced costs.
  • Long life and high performance: Weathering Steel has been used on bridges for many decades and performs well in most environments.

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About Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a crown jewel for Denver and the surrounding area providing a unique concert/event experience for hundreds of thousands of fans each summer to enjoy a wide variety of musical styles. Established in 1941, Red Rocks was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a Depression-era public work relief program under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” that put unemployed men, ages 17-23, to work. 

Project-at-a-glance:

Name: Red Rocks Road Bridge
Location: Morrison, CO
Owner: City and County of Denver
Engineer: Jacobs  
Contractor: New Design Construction 
Product: Vehicular Truss Bridge 
Application: Canal Crossing 
Dimensions: 64' long x 36’6” wide