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Additional Trail Bridge Resources

The following resources give additional information on planning, siting, designing, constructing, inspecting and maintaining trail bridges. All of these items should be included in the decision process to select the best structure for esthetic design, sustainability and longevity.

  1. Bridge Location, Design and Construction

    1. Trail Bridges—A Common Sense Approach to Selecting Bridge Sites from 2005 NOHVCC Conference (.ppt)

    2. Trail Bridges—Details for Longevity, Condition Assessments and Annual Maintenance from 2005 NOHVCC Conference (.ppt)

    3. Locating Your Trail Bridge for Longevity

    4. Durability and Design Details

    5. Controlling Decay in Waterfront Structures—Also available at the FPL website

    6. Comparative Durability of Untreated Wood in Use above Ground—Also available at the FPL website

    7. National Snow Loads Information—http://www.fs.fed.us/t-d/php/library_card.php?p_num=0423%202W02

    8. Built Environment Image Guide for the National Forests and Grasslands
      http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/beig/

  2. Bridge Inspection

    1. Trail Bridge Inspection 101 PowerPoint

    2. Timber Decay and Deterioration PowerPoint

    3. Trail Bridge Inspection Procedures PowerPoint

    4. Equipment List for Trail Bridge Inspection (.pdf)

    5. Job Hazard Analysis (.doc)

    6. Wood Definitions (.pdf)

    7. Forest Service Trail Bridge Matrix (.pdf)

  3. Additional Trail and Trail Bridge Related Publications

    1. Trail  Construction and Maintenance Notebook 2007 Edition

    2. Wetland Trail Design and Construction 2007 Edition

    3. Preservative-Treated Wood and Alternative Products in the Forest Service

    4. A Guide to Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Trail Bridges

    5. Floating Trail Bridges and Docks

    6. Geosynthetics for Trails in Wet Areas 2008 Edition

    7. Trail Bridge Rail Systems

  4. Web Sites

    1. Suspension Bridges—The following publications and historic information is provided FOR REFERENCE ONLY. All bridge drawings should be approved for each specific bridge by a qualified engineer with trail bridge design experience.

      1. Design and Construction of the Pochuck Quagmire Bridge—A Suspension Timber Bridge (also .pdf 40MB)

      2. Roebling's Suspension Bridge Technical Data

      3. Suspension Bridges For Mountain Warfare—(.pdf files)
        1. Cover
        2. Chapter 1
        3. Chapter 2
        4. Chapter 3
        5. Chapter 4
        6. Chapter 5
        7. Appendix I
        8. Appendix II
        9. Appendix III

    2. National Center for Wood Transportation