Pedestrian Bridge reopens to public Print Article Font Size
Just in time for Christmas, the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge reopens today after undergoing repairs over the past six weeks.

Contractors International Timber Frames Inc. and sub-contractor Jackson Contracting & Excavating have been undertaking structural repairs to the north and south side of the bridge.

This work included lifting the north and south ends of the bridge to cut, remove and replace sub-structure timber arch elements at all four corners of the structure. In addition, crews are installing Borate rods to protect against future moisture related rot.

With this first phase of repair work now complete, the contractors have advised the Town that the bridge is now safe for pedestrian use and work will cease over the holidays.

In January, the more visible second phase will begin, including the installation of railing height side walls on the exterior length of the bridge on both sides. This is anticipated to continue throughout January and February, during which time the bridge will remain open for public use.

Over the spring and summer of 2018, rain gutters will be installed on the bridge. Again, the bridge is expected to remain open to the public during this time.

The Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge repair project was initiated this year after a scheduled condition assessment of the structure in 2016 uncovered these structural issues and causes for failure.

As a result of changes to the original bridge design, superstructure additions and adjacent landscaping, rain and melt water had been inadvertently and to varying degrees, directed toward the abutments and bottom chord bearing points, subjecting them to long term and continual moisture. This resulted in premature decay and failure of the foundational elements of the Bridge since its construction 16 years ago.

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