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Pedestrian Bridge stretches 229' across widened Utah highway

February 26, 2013

UDOT-PedAs part of a $35 million design-build highway upgrade project awarded to Ralph L Wadsworth Construction, Big R Bridge was contracted to design and supply a 229' pedestrian bridge with access ramps. The West Jordan, UT project widened the Bangerter Highway to six lanes (plus access roads) including a new separated grade Single Point Urban Interchange at 7800 South.

An existing pedestrian bridge from this location was carefully removed and refurbished to be installed later at 8200 South and U-111. Big R also supplied the new access ramps for the relocated bridge.

The project had a very tight delivery schedule, especially for the tube steel used for the ramps. Big R’s close coordination with the consultant/contractor design-build team on approvals and schedule were key to a successful outcome.

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The bridge was shipped in four sections, assembled into two spans of 100' and 129' and installed in less than two days. The bridge has a naturally-weathering steel finish, while the approach ramps have a painted finish.

In post-construction meetings, the client commented how pleased they were with all aspects of the construction process. 

"Given the potential issues setting a structure over a busy highway, we were pleased the bridge fit together so well keeping our project on schedule." 

- Shayne Weight, Superintendent, Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction

The project is now substantially complete and all lanes and pedestrian facilities at Bangerter highway are open to the public.

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Project-at-a-glance

Project Name: Pedestrian Bridge over SR-154  
Location: West Jordan, UT
Owner: Utah Department of Transportation
Consultant: Michael Baker Jr, Inc
Contractor: Ralph L Wadsworth Construction
Type of Product/Application: Box Truss Pedestrian Bridge
Dimensions: 229' long x 11' wide (two spans of 100' and 129')
Installation time: Bridge erection only, 1 to 2 days (start to finish)

Further project details on contractor’s website

Fly-through animation of grade separation and pedestrian bridge (YouTube)