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3.jpgThe Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge will likely be closed to the public beginning Monday, November 6th, 2017 and may remain closed until mid-December, 2017, in order to undergo structural repairs.

International Timber Frames Inc. and sub-contractor Jackson Contracting & Excavating have already built and installed the jacking pads that will enable the lifting of the bridge to make the repairs, with the project expected to wrap up by the end of January.

“Closure dates will be subject to change, pending the speed of progress of necessary repair works to the abutment structures as communicated to the public previously this year,” says Town of Golden CAO Jon Wilsgard. “Closure signs will be posted on site, and we will inform residents of any changes as information is provided to us by the project manager.”

As a result of changes to the original bridge design, superstructure additions and adjacent landscaping, rain and melt water has been inadvertently and to varying degrees, directed toward the abutments and bottom chord bearing points, subjecting them to long term and continual moisture.

Structural timbers subjected to continuous moisture has resulted in premature decay and failure of the foundational elements of the Bridge since its construction 16 years ago.

A scheduled condition assessment of the structure in 2016 uncovered these structural issues and causes for failure.

“The findings came as a complete shock to staff,” says Town Chief Administrative Officer Jon Wilsgard. “Admittedly, we hadn’t conducted any detailed structural inspections since it was built, but for something that is supposed to last several centuries, to be in this bad a shape after so little time is something that could have never been reasonably forecast.”

While most of the repairs will be completed during the closure, some of the work has already been done, including the required welding of the metal brackets underneath the bridge and stripping of the shingles on the outside chords. This allowed the Town to keep the bridge open for the summer so as not to disturb our busy tourist season.

Funding for the repairs comes through Town of Golden reserves, the Resort Municipality Initiative, and a grant from the Columbia Basin Trust.