Camas is a small city in the southwest corner of Washington State, near Portland, Oregon. Lacamas Park figures prominently in Camas, with its vast network of dense forest trails and waterfalls along Lacamas Creek and Round Lake.
As part of a $12 million infrastructure expansion, a new 4.5 mile sewer transmission line had to be routed through the park and across the Round Lake Narrows. A replacement trail bridge was needed that could carry both the sewer line and the park users – and look good while doing it.
With the sewer line nicely concealed under the deck and a naturally-weathering steel finish to blend in with the landscape, an H-Truss Pedestrian/Trail Bridge from Big R turned out to be the perfect solution.
Additional railing tubes hide sewer line
Naturally, there was some degree of concern among park users with this sewer pipe running through the park. Always accommodating, our Bridge Designers altered the usual H-Truss configuration by adding rows of rail tube below the deck to conceal the utility line running underneath. The resulting look is sleek and graceful, with no hint of the line running beneath the walkway.
The bridge also features a long-wearing, pre-cast composite panel walking surface. That, along with the naturally-weathering steel finish ensures the City will enjoy a long service life with very little maintenance.
Weathering steel is an economical choice that naturally oxidizes to provide a protective patina that does not require painting. And, because there is no need to sandblast and repaint the bridge over time, there is less negative impact on the stream habitat or the budget.