Swan
Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Bridge Story – The Swan Bridge

Bridge Story – The Swan Bridge

Part of our business at Links Bridges deals with bridges for residential properties.  One such case involved a gentleman in the mid-west who needed a bridge to connect to an island in the large pond in his front yard.  One curious aspect was that he needed the bridge to be arched so his swans could comfortably swim under the bridge.

We were pleased to be able to accommodate this request but our curiosity was piqued as well.  You don’t meet someone every day who has pet swans.  We found the story about the swans both interesting and instructive.

Woody

Apparently, in this area there are business from which you can rent swans for the spring to fall seasons.  The swans are usually delivered in ‘couples’ with the expectation that they may mate during this time.

These swans have been ‘clipped’ so that they are not able to fly and are quite content as long as they have a body of water, a food supply and are not threatened by predators.

 

Swan

What was particularly interesting was to learn that the motivation for people to rent swans is to keep geese away.  This may be widely known but it was new for us – apparently swans will not tolerate geese in their ‘territory’ and are capable of inflicting ‘death by drowning’ to a goose that tries to co-habit their pond.

Woody

We have seen a number golf courses where goose populations were a menace.  As we see those places in the future, we will be certainly be letting them know about the potential remedy of introducing some elegant swans to the property.

Like all of our bridge stories, this one has a happy ending.  The bridge was delivered and installed.  In the picture below you can see Mr. Swan contentedly emerging from a swim under the bridge.  This bridge is a typical ‘Woody’ model done in a weathered wood finish.

bridge
Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Links Bridges & The Fighting Irish

This bridge story is about another milestone in the Links Bridges legacy.  We want our bridges to be widely available to all that would benefit from their unique properties – regardless of budgets and applications.  At the same time, we like seeing our bridges on TV and to achieve that we need to work with buyers – particularly golf courses – that attract TV coverage.

Our bridges really are world-class in looks and performance.  No other golf course bridge will look as good and retain those good looks for many decades without any kind of maintenance.  In addition, the ease of installation and choice of finishes really makes it an ideal bridge for any golf course setting.  (The writer apologizes for that shameless plug.)

The Warren Golf Course is on the campus of the world-famous University of Notre Dame.  It was recently announced that The Warren Golf Course has been selected as the host for the 2019 U.S. Senior Open Championship.  This is obviously a major, prestigious event that will attract major crowds and a world-wide TV audience.

The team at The Warren Golf Course determined that they needed a couple of bridges to provide some more crossings of the water ways on the course to accommodate the expected crowds.  They chose 2 ‘Timber’ model bridges in the ‘weathered wood’ finish we offer.  We are not habitual ‘name-droppers’ but we were told that this finish was selected Ben Crenshaw, who along with Bill Coore are the architects of The Warren GC.

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2 Bridges sitting in our factory while waiting shipment to The Warren GC

Don’t be fooled by the appearance – these bridges are made of 100% fiberglass – structural beams and deck.  The curbs are made of re-cycled material that has the same long-lasting properties as fiberglass.

Installation of these bridges has been delayed while the course team deals with the impact of some flooding damage.  We will be back to update this bridge story with some new pictures once the bridges are installed.

 

Sirocco Golf Club in Calgary, Alberta
Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Bridge Renewal

This bridge story is about what we consider to be one of the most important innovations that will impact on what we can offer for golf courses, municipalities and other organizations with bridges over the next few years.  It is about how we have developed a method to manufacture a simple fiberglass ‘skin’ (in a wood or other finish) to make old bridges ‘new’ and extend their lives by decades in some cases.

We have to give credit where it is due and acknowledge that this innovation was developed to respond to needs identified by some wonderful people at the Sirocco Golf Club in Calgary, Alberta.  They were the first to push us in this direction.  We first heard from Dean Clarke the Superintendent at Sirocco and later from Tom Ellison the General Manager at Sirocco.

They identified that they had 9 bridges that were still OK but going relatively fast.  The substructures were fine but the decks were on the verge of needing replacement.  Working together, we came up with the idea of smoothing the decks to the point where we could bond and seal a thin, custom-manufactured fiberglass skin (in a wood finish) to the existing decks.  The process also involves sealing the joints of the ‘skins’ – which were made in sections to custom-fit over the entire deck.

This achieves a number of really important things:

  • The bridge looks ‘new’. Everything you can see is in fact new and the remainder is hidden.

  • The deck is now a low-maintenance, long-lasting fiberglass surface.

  • The deck and substructure are now sealed from any further moisture or UV exposure or penetration. The deterioration of the substructure will now virtually stop.

RenewalSirocco Golf Club in Calgary, Alberta

Pre & post coating shows the dramatic difference between the ‘before’ and ‘after’.

We are now working with the Sirocco team to complete the process on their remaining bridges.   At the same time, we are extended the offer for this product and service to the broader market as our research tells us that there is substantial potential for this to be a huge benefit to many of our customers to allow them to save a lot of money.

 

Carlteon Place
Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

In a hurry? What could go wrong?

This bridge story is a tribute to the determination of Links Bridges’ Installation team and as well to the precision of our Manufacturing team.  Without both of these, this story would read differently.

Links Bridges was contracted by a public housing organization to provide a replacement for a bridge that connected a parking lot to the 2nd floor entrance of a multi-unit housing building.

The key to success, aside from providing a great, long-lasting, low-maintenance bridge, was to minimize the down-time between bridge removal and bridge replacement.  The bridge was a key entrance and egress for the residents who would suffer major inconvenience if they lost use of the bridge for more than a day.

It was determined, based on historical engineering data, that the existing foundations could be re-used.  Links Bridges was supplying a fiberglass bridge which was considerably lighter than the existing steel bridge/concrete deck previously installed.  It was also important to fit the bridge perfectly into an existing building alcove so that building structures were not impacted and the interior floor/deck interface were on the exact same level.

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Existing Steel Bridge – 40’ long

The bridge was made and completely assembled so that it could be installed in 1 piece to minimize down time between bridges.  The installation date was set and equipment and personnel scheduled to come in to remove and demolish the existing bridge.  The plan was for ‘same-day’ removal and installation.

As it turned out, events affected plans.  The scheduled day turned out to the coldest day of the winter and a heavy snowfall made things even more difficult.  Our hardy crew would not be deterred and work proceeded.

The real problem happened when the old bridge was lifted out, we discovered damage to one of the concrete footings.  The damage was such that the bearing points for the new bridge were compromised.

Carlteon Place

We quickly got the Engineering Team involved and they designed a solution that involved anchoring steel angles into the (uncompromised) sides of the foundations to provide a new bearing surface for the bridge beams.  Our daylight hours were quickly disappearing and lifting a 40’ bridge into a tight space in dark, snowing, sub-zero conditions is never a good plan.  Besides, we still needed to locate a steel fabricator who would be willing to stop what they were doing and cut some angle steel to the sizes that were required.

With a bit of luck, charm and determination, we managed to get the steel that same night.  Throughout the next morning and afternoon our hardy crew suffered through extreme conditions to get these installed to provide a bearing platform for our bridge beams.  With daylight quickly fading, our crane started to lift the bridge into place.

Thanks to the precision work of our manufacturing team, the bridge was a perfect fit for the tight space.  Within an hour the bridge was anchored and ready for use.  This important access for the building residents was restored.

This picture was taken the morning after installation.  Snow and sub-zero temperatures made things a little more difficult.

100% Fiber Glass Bridge
Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Links Bridges reaches milestone in Carleton Place!

Links Bridges achieved another milestone this week with the installation of a bridge serving a residential complex.  The bridge connects a parking lot to a building entrance on the 2nd floor of the building at Carleton Place, Ontario residential complex.

The project involved removal of an existing steel bridge which after 25 years of service had severe rust.  The replacement bridge, from Links Bridges Composite Series, was made with FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastics) beams and decks.  The guard rail was made entirely of HDPE (High Density Poly-ethelene).

This bridge will last for decades.  There are no materials that will rot, rust or require any kind of painting or coatings to maintain the look of the bridge.  The management of the building initially became aware of the Links Bridges alternative from 2 bridges that Links Bridges supplied earlier in 2016 to the nearby community of Smiths Falls, Ontario.

The project was not without its challenges.  To prepare the bridge, the existing bridge details were carefully measured incorporated into the bridge design details.  There was no margin for error.  At each end the bridge had to match existing elevations including at the building entrance where the bridge deck needed to be exactly flush with the door jamb.  There were existing fences, retaining walls and abutments that had to be accommodated if this bridge was going to fit.

The initial plan had been to remove the old bridge and put in the new bridge all in the same day.  Unfortunately, when the old bridge was removed, it was discovered that the existing abutments – which were to be re-used for the new bridge – had suffered some erosion that wasn’t visible until the bridge was removed.

An immediate solution was required because there were residents of the building with access challenges who were reliant on this bridge to come and go.  The Links Bridges’ engineer assessed that the base of the abutments was sound but the integrity of the top surface of the abutments were compromised.

The engineer decided against a ‘concrete’ solution primarily because the temperature was well below freezing levels and not a good situation for concrete to properly cure.  The engineer designed a solution that involved anchoring steel angles to the (uncompromised) side of the abutment.

The Links Bridges team had the required steel fabricated and coated over night.  The next day the team worked in extreme cold conditions to get the abutments ready to receive the bridge.  By mid-afternoon, the bridge was lifted into place.   Everything fit perfectly and by late afternoon, the bridge was fully operational.

 

Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Bridging Communities: How Municipal Bridges Can Transform Communities

Just one year ago this week, Smiths Falls city councillors came together to approve a pre-fab carbon fibre bridge that would replace all three of Smiths Falls bridges. In 2012, a flood swept away bridge abutments and gravely impacted the foundation of all three bridges, preventing the community, tourists and boaters from truly enjoying the pristine and picturesque community of Smiths Falls and its waterfront.

 

One year later, Links Bridges is honoured to have drafted, designed and installed three exceptional municipal bridges that have established a pedestrian route around Smiths Falls parkland. As predicted by Art Manhire, the Director of Community Services, the bridges not only heightened the number of residents and travellers enjoying the waterfront, but also increased the geese population along the waters edges. The first bridge connects Turtle Island with the shoreline and seconds as a damn for the water system.

 

As with all Links Bridges designs, the Smiths Falls carbon fibre bridge has a lifespan of 50 years plus, are completely resistant to graffiti and was quick and easy to install. The municipality paid an affordable rain for the bridge restoration project and is reaping the benefits of having a complete connected community.

 

The Smiths Falls bridge replacement was a successful restoration project that makes our team proud to be in the bridge business. To learn more about Links Bridges municipal bridge options – from parks to trails to community centres and more – contact our team today at info@linksbridges.com or call us at 888-444-0277.

Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Restore Your Bridge Back to Life

We live in a disposable era, where the moment things break we either leave them that way (and promise we will fix them next weekend) or we replace them entirely, scrapping otherwise functional materials in exchange for a quick fix. Our mission at Links Bridges is to save our customers their time, their money and their sanity. We have created a line of sustainable, eco-friendly bridges to municipalities, golf courses and residences that don’t need to be fixed or replaced every few years. Additionally, we strive to replace the wastefulness in the landscaping industry by encouraging and providing services to accommodate bridge restoration and renewal.

With Links Bridges bridge restoration, our clients get to experience both an aesthetic and functional ‘new’ bridge at a fraction of the cost. Here is how:

First, consider that any bridge has 3 main components:

Foundations/Abutments

Beams

Deck/Rail

 

It is often the case that the foundations and beams are still in great shape long after the deck has deteriorated. This is particularly true for steel beam/wood deck bridges.

Our team of expert bridge designers and installers have perfected the art of bridge restoration, whereby, rather than replace the entire bridge when the deck needs replacement, Links Bridges can custom fabricate a new FRP deck. Done properly, it can provide all of the benefits – including the look – of an entirely ‘new’ bridge. The best part is that this can all happen at a fraction of the cost of a new bridge.

The Links Bridges crew recently worked with the Sirocco Golf Club in Alberta on a successful restoration project. The pictures below show the result.

If your municipality, residence or golf course has an older bridge that could use some tender love and care, contact our bridge experts at Links Bridges today for a free consultation on how to restore and revitalize your bridge. Whether your bridge runs through a golf course, a park, a trail, your backyard or otherwise, we can help bring it back to life. Contact us at info@linksbridges.com or call us at 888-444-0277.

Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Top 5 Reasons to Choose “The Limestone” Bridge

Top 5 Reasons to Choose “The Limestone” Bridge

Links Bridges prides itself on being an innovator in the special application bridge business. Our arched Limestone Bridge is renowned for its simple elegance. It is designed and customized to blend into nature, available with various tints to compliment the indigenous stones that occupy its surroundings.

Here are our top five reasons to choose the Limestone Bridge from our collection of bridge styles and designs for your commercial or residential project.

Longest-lasting

Every pedestrian bridge from Links Bridges will retain its structural integrity and appearance for 50+ years, far superior to any alternative using wood or metal components.

No-Maintenance

Our Limestone Bridge requires no maintenance at all! Say goodbye to painting, rust removal or renovation of decaying and rotting boards.

Eco-Friendly Materials

The Limestone Bridge is designed with all eco-friendly materials, to ensure sustainability of the environment and the product. From our scratch resistant gel-coat to fire retardant resin and beyond, all of our materials are safe and sustainable.

Customizable

This custom-manufactured bridge comes in custom lengths up to 50’ and standard widths of 4’, 6’ and 8’ or a customizable width of your choosing.

Branding Options

Get your logo embossed on the bridge deck and promote your unique brand to all passersby. Our team will professionally emboss your logo

If your golf course, community, park or home residence is in the market for a customizable, 100% RFP low-maintenance, tailor-made Limestone Bridge, contact our team at Links Bridges today to learn more. We have installed thousands of bridges across North America and are eager to help you install bridge of your dreams.

Boardwalk
Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Top 5 Reasons to Choose “The Boardwalk” Bridge

Boardwalk Bridge

The allure of wandering along a beautiful boardwalk with family and friends in tow will never get old. Whether you are constructing a pathway to access beaches, wetlands, forests or conservation areas, the boardwalk bridge is the ideal choice for your project. A boardwalk is typically used for crossing shallow water or perhaps even dry land.  They are excellent bridges for use in interpretive and educational facilities in habitat and conservation areas such as wetlands and swamps as well as in trails where people may struggle crossing an otherwise wet or rugged terrain.

Here are our top five reasons to choose the boardwalk bridge from our collection of bridge styles and designs.

 

Sustainable

Unlike boardwalks made of pressure-treated wood, this 100% FRP boardwalk will retain its appearance and structural integrity for 50+ years of use.

Maintenance Free

Our boardwalk bridge requires no maintenance at all! Say goodbye to painting, rust removal or renovation of decaying and rotting boards.

Easy Installation

Boardwalk bridges are delivered in one piece and ready for use and installation. We provide turn-key solutions to keep your project simple and efficient.

Customizable

Our team will work with you to customize the width, length, span and elevation variances to meet all of your needs. We deliver everything from finer reinforced polymers including gelcoat, resin, glass, fine aggregates for slip resistant deck surfaces, stainless steel bolts and high density polyethylene for guard rail construction.

Affordable

Our bridges are constructed using the highest quality of materials, the most efficient workmanship and are available at comparable and affordable prices. Contact us for a quote for your personalized boardwalk bridge.

If your community, park, school or local conservation trail is in the market for a durable, low-maintenance, tailor-made boardwalk design and installation, contact our team at Links Bridges today to learn more. We have installed thousands of bridges across North America and are eager to help you install “The Boardwalk” of your dreams.

Hogan
Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Top 5 Reasons to Choose “The Hogan” Bridge

Links Bridges prides itself on being an innovator in the special application bridge business. Our avant-garde Hogan Bridge is designed and inspired by the famous Hogan Bridge that we see every April at the Masters. The functional and aesthetic nature of this bridge will enhance the richness of its surroundings and out-perform all alternatives. We believe that we are the first and only company that is offering custom bridges made of 100% FRP.

Here are our top five reasons to choose the Hogan Bridge from our collection of bridge styles and designs.

Longest-lasting

Bridges will retain their structural integrity and appearance for 50+ years, far superior to any alternative using wood or metal components.

No-Maintenance

Our Hogan Bridge requires no maintenance at all! Say goodbye to painting, rust removal or renovation of decaying and rotting boards.

Easy Installation

Bridges up to 50′ are delivered in one piece ready for immediate installation and use.

Customizable

This custom-manufactured bridge comes in custom lengths from 25’ to 50’ and completely customizable widths. We deliver everything from finer reinforced polymers including gelcoat, resin, glass, fine aggregates for slip resistant deck surfaces, stainless steel bolts and high density polyethylene for guard rail construction.

Affordable

Our bridges are constructed using the highest quality of materials, the most efficient workmanship and are available at comparable and affordable prices. Contact us for a quote for your personalized Hogan Bridge.

If your golf course, community, park or home residence is in the market for a customizable, 100% RFP low-maintenance, tailor-made Hogan Bridge, contact our team at Links Bridges today to learn more. We have installed thousands of bridges across North America and are eager to help you install “The Hogan” of your dreams.

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