Client: The Great Rivers Greenway District
Location: St. Louis, MO
The Branch Street Trestle project connected the Riverfront Trail to the McKinley Bridge Bikeway north of Downtown St. Louis. The Branch Street Trestle was originally built for railroad traffic in 1910. Use as a railroad bridge was discontinued in the late 1970’s. The purpose of this project was to remove the existing railroad track and ties and replace them with a decorative concrete bridge deck and on-grade portion for bicycle and pedestrian use. During the demolition portion of this project over one mile of decaying railroad track and ties were removed. The substructure and structural steel was repaired and reused. Construction of the concrete deck utilized a SIP (Stay-in-Place) forming system. Special finishing methods were used to achieve the decorative pattern on the concrete surface. An ornamental handrail was added to complete this project in function and appeal. Original trestle arches were kept to connect the history of the structure with the new bikeway. Coordination with local businesses, neighboring construction projects and nearby active railroads was key to completing this project.