Case Studies

H&BT Rail Trail Pedestrian Bridge – Broad Top, PA

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Project Overview

FRP Deck Manufacturer: Composite Advantage
Engineer of Record: Mackin Engineering
Contractors: Broad Top Township
Owner: Broad Top Township

Project Description

The Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain Railroad and Coal Company was established in 1853 to provide a short line rail link from Huntington to Bedford to support local coal producers. At the height of its operation, the rail stretched 72 miles and included a trestle bridge built in the 1860s to carry the train over the Juniata River. Broad Top Township chose Composite Advantage’s prefabricated FRP FiberSPAN bridge deck product to renovate the H&BT Rail Trail trestle bridge.

The deck size measures 350 by 13 feet, and each deck panel measures 23.33 feet by 13 feet. The deck is 5 inches deep, and the total area of the deck surface is 4,550 square feet.

The fifteen prefabricated panels simplified installation done by county personnel. The surface of the bridge deck was coated with an epoxy aggregate non-slip coating.