Minuteman High School Vehicular & Pedestrian Bridges – Lexington, MA

York Bridge ConceptsFree Span, Massachusetts, Multiple Crossings, Pedestrian Bridges, Repetitive Span, Vehicular Bridges

Minuteman High School Vehicular & Pedestrian Bridges - Lexington, MA

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Project Overview

The timber bridge design for the vehicular and pedestrian bridges at Minuteman High School in Lexington, MA commemorates a local revolutionary war icon, the Old North Bridge. It reflects simplicity of colonial era architecture, clean lines and hearty structural details. We worked with Samiotes Consultants, Inc. to provide a competitively priced and low-impact alternative to the originally considered culverts. Each of the five bridges are customized to embrace the wetlands’ curves and skews, delivering fluid site circulation and uniting the state-of-the-art vocational high school campus. AASHTO HS-20 load capacity supports traffic from commuters, school buses, and emergency vehicles. The heavy wood grain saturated by the oil coatings pops with a rich tint staying true to the natural warmth of timber and remaining beautiful for future generations at Minuteman High School.

Planning Resources

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*Resources above may not be exact to the specifications for this bridge, but reflect our current updated standards.


  • Widths:
  • 5', 7', 26'
  • Lengths:
  • 24', 26', 60', 25'
  • Height:
  • 4-8' above grade
  • Capacity:
  • HS20-44 & 85 PSF
  • Construction:
  • Ground Up
  • Span Type:
  • Free Span Repetitive Span
  • Span Lengths:
  • (18) 15'
  • Material:
  • CCA/CA-C Treated Southern Yellow Pine
  • Foundation:
  • SYP Timber Piles & Abutments (Acrylic/Polymer Coated where exposed)
  • Stringers:
  • SYP Rough Sawn Timber & Glulam Stringers (Translucent Oil Coated where exposed)
  • Vehicular Deck System:
  • 5 ½” Timber Deck
  • Pedestrian Deck System:
  • 1-½” Timber Deck
  • Guard Rail:
  • Decero™ Classic Design Series
  • Handrail:
  • Decero™ Wire Mesh Design Series
  • Crossing:
  • Flood Plain
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