The Great Flood of September 2013 claimed several lives and destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure throughout Boulder County, Colorado. Rebuilding, through the FEMA Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program, has taken a few years to complete.
The flood washed out several vehicle and pedestrian bridges along North Saint Vrain Creek, in the town of Lyons. In this instance, it destroyed a decades-old wooden bridge that left a few homes without their only connection to the rest of the community. Big R Bridge won the contract to design and supply its replacement.
New bridge had to be much longer
Erosion from the flood had left a much wider stream path in the canyon, so the new rolled beam modular bridge, at 66'8″, was much longer than its approximate 20′ predecessor in order to accommodate the County’s new hydraulic requirements.
From order to delivered bridge in 12 weeks
Once the order was placed, we kept pace with a rather compressed schedule by expediting the shop drawing submittal and prefabrication of the components needed to meet the design criteria. In this case, it was approximately 12 weeks from receipt of order to delivery on site.
Big R Representatives have since met with some of the affected homeowners who are very relieved and happy with their new, more robust bridge.