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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.

 

Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

New Product – The Seasider Bridge

Links Bridges announces the introduction of the new ‘Seasider’ bridge. Throughout the coastal areas of North America are many miles of raised beach boardwalks. These are boardwalks or bridges are designed to provide access to beaches or passage over areas of vegetation.

These bridges are generally exposed to some of nature’s harshest conditions – salt water air and high UV concentrations. Most of these bridges are currently made with pressure-treated or painted wood. As such they need frequent maintenance and replacement to avoid having them become an ‘eyesore’ or a liability concern for the owner.

The Links Bridges’ Seasider bridge is a major breakthrough in offering a long-lasting, low maintenance option for these boardwalks/bridges   The Seasider is made of 100% FRP (Fiber Reinforced Polymers).

The Seasider will retain its structural integrity and appearance for decades. Maintenance will be minimal as the decks and rails will never need painting or any kind of refinishing. The potential savings in maintenance costs and life cycle replacement costs are huge!

The Seasider is offered in custom sections up to 50’ in length and 8’ in width. Compared to the current wood boardwalks, these longer span sections also offer considerable savings by reducing the number of supporting pile sections.  Longer boardwalks and bridges can be made by linking a number of these custom made sections. Boardwalks wider than 8’ can be made as well.

The Seasider will be offered to select US ocean-side cities in the spring and summer of 2016 for immediate installation. The offering will be extended to additional markets for 2017 and beyond.

Recent Delivery – The Ashlar Bridge to the Jasna Polana Golf Club

The prestigious Jasna Polana Golf Club in Princeton, NJ recently took delivery of the very first Ashlar stone-style bridge from Links Bridges. Jasna Polana is operated by the PGA as one of the PGA Tour’s acclaimed network of TPC clubs. It is centrally located between New York City and Philadelphia.

Jasna Polana (the term means ‘bright meadow’ in Polish and the name is derived from Leo Tolstoy’s home) is a special place with a rich history. It was the estate of John Seward Johnson (of Johnson & Johnson notoriety) and his wife who was an avid art historian. After Mr. Johnson’s death, Mrs. Johnson had the property converted to a private golf club. The golf course was designed by the legendary Gary Player and opened in 1998.

The building architecture and several bridges at Jasna Polana were constructed with very intricate rock work, much of which is in the Ashlar Stone style. Ashlar Stone refers to a masonry style using highly dressed stones cut and formed into cuboid shapes

Jasna Polana asked Links Bridges to provide a bridge which accurately captured this style and look using Links Bridges’ FRP technology. The Links Bridges Design Team welcomed the challenge.

The bridge was completed and delivered recently. According to Tim Connolly, Director of Golf Course Maintenance at Jasna Polana, “We are very impressed with the bridge. It is beyond our expectations.”

The picture below shows the bridge immediately after it was lifted onto its foundations.

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Says Links Bridges CEO, Don Ferrar: ‘We are very thankful to Tim Connolly and the Jasna Polana team for partnering with us in the development of what we have named The Ashlar. It was important to us that we deliver a product that met their very high standards and I’m proud that we achieved that. The Ashlar has now been added to the menu of options for our 100% FRP Composite Series bridges.’

Interesting Bridge stuff in the news

Links Bridges prides itself on being an innovator in the special application bridge business. As best we can determine, we are the first and only company that is offering custom bridges made of 100% FRP.

Occasionally though, we have to ‘tip our hat’ to someone who has come up with an even more innovative idea for bridge construction.

A group from Montreal’s Mile End neighborhood has come up with a proposal for the city’s soon-to-be retired metro cars: use them to build a pedestrian bridge connecting the neighborhood to the nearby Rosemont metro station.

As it stands, Mile End is not easy to get to from the metro station. People have to cross busy St-Denis Street, take an overpass over the CP Rail line, and then double back.
The proposed pedestrian walkway would be both a shortcut and a monument to Montreal’s public transit heritage.
The main voice behind the project is Beat Richert, a digital communications specialist at new media company Ressac, which is based in Mile End.

“It would look incredibly iconic, and a little bit poetic as well: essentially, the train jumping the train,” Richert said in an interview.
“It would be extremely efficient, catering to thousands of commuters who come from the metro station to the Mile End neighborhood,” Richert said.

Mile End is home to tech companies and design firms, including video game giant Ubisoft, which supports this project.
Richert says companies in the neighborhood expect to create thousands of jobs in the next few years, and they want to make the neighborhood easier to reach.
He said the exact budget for the proposal hasn’t be finalized, but he estimates it would cost at least $3 million.

Last week the STM announced a call for project proposals to give a second life to its first-generation metro cars, known as MR-63s, which are gradually being retired.

Richert says the next step is to crowdfund a feasibility study which would be presented to the city and the STM.