LaPlatte River Bridge

PERCH was designer for a landmark footbridge located in LaPlatte Nature Park in Shelburne, VT. The suspension bridge crosses the LaPlatte River with a single clear span of 68 feet, providing 3 feet of freeboard at high water. At each end is a tower 20 feet in height made from 8×8 timbers, fabricated steel base plates, and a fabricated steel saddle. With no vehicle access to the site, all materials were designed to be transported and installed by human power, including the use of a generator-powered handheld driver to install ground anchors for the towers and the cable backspans. PERCH drafted plans and provided construction phase services. The bridge was completed in fall 2018.

Tucker Hill Bridge

PERCH was designer for a footbridge located on the Millbrook Trail in Fayston, VT, near the Tucker Hill Inn. The deck-girder bridge crosses an unnamed stream with a single clear span of 30 feet. Two cambered girders were built up from dimensional lumber with splice plates. To minimize the risk of frost heave while satisfying budget and environmental concerns, a foundation was developed from large flat stones found on site, underlain by gravel. The bridge was completed in spring 2018.