Douglas Gates Covered Pedestrian Bridge – Acton, MA

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Douglas Gates Elementary School Pedestrian Timber bridge with cover- Acton, MA

Douglas Gates Project Overview

Serving the newly envisioned Douglas & Gates Elementary School as a primary commuting connection for students and families from the Indian Hills area, this newly reconstructed boardwalk aims to provide a safe, comfortable, and scenic journey. Staying aligned to some existing amenities over the adjacent wetland ponds, the boardwalk coasts just above the habitat’s vegetation complete with a metal roof rising above the path to protect pedestrians from the elements. A palette of warm grays with pops of a golden brown deck mimic the new school’s innovative & aesthetic presence. A sleek linear composition of horizontal handrail with wire rope and pedestrian curb flow alongside families as they wind through the wetlands with fluidity. The vision of the Decero™ Design Team was to complement the level of detail put into the revolutionary design of the Douglas & Gates School while maintaining a simplistic modern appeal that will remain resilient in the natural elements surrounding it and for all of the future families crossing it.


  • Width:
  • 7'10" (7'8" clear)
  • Length:
  • 280'
  • Height:
  • 5' above grade
  • Capacity:
  • 90 PSF
  • Construction:
  • Deck Level
  • Span Type:
  • Mulitple Span
  • Material:
  • CCA / CA-C / Penta C Treated Southern Yellow Pine & Composite
  • Foundation:
  • Timber Piles & Abutments (Acrylic/Polymer Coated where exposed)
  • Stringers:
  • SYP S4S Glulams & Rough Sawn Timber (Acrylic/Polymer Coated where exposed)
  • Deck System:
  • 1" Composite Deck
  • Handrail:
  • Decero™ Wire Rope Design Series
  • Crossing:
  • Stream / Wetlands
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