Monday, May 27, 2019


a short photo essay

A small footbridge I built 2005-07 across a "seasonal stream" at my last home. Tiny fish would swim up the stream in the spring. By late summer no water.
[click any pic to enlarge]

I had intended the bridge to support a lawn tractor so I overbuilt. But I never drove the tractor over it. Used it only as a footbridge. But it was strong enough.

The foundation started as two piles of random rock. Still wet and mucky underfoot in late August.

Hand mixed cement foundations. Rain overnight. The tarps were over the forms. The half round ends are cut from Sonotube joined to plywood and backed with 2x4's. The 2x4s across the top hold the steel brackets in the correct places.

The foundations held a temporary bridge the first winter.

Frame detail. The bridge is four feet wide - bigger than it looks.

Finished footbridge.

You may like another bridge project.

Thanks for your interest.

George Plhak
Lions Head, Ontario, Canada

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