Dougherty_410_FinalReport

Dougherty_410_FinalReport - Bridge Committee P.B....

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Bridge Committee P.B. Engineering University of Delaware 004 Kirkbride Hall Newark, DE 19716 April 6, 2008 M. J. Paul NPC Project Coordinator 301 DuPont Hall Newark, DE 19716 Subject: Final Report – Pomeroy Branch Rail to Trail Pedestrian Bridge This report comprises the conclusion of the construction of the Pedestrian Bridge as a part of the Pomeroy Branch Rail to Trail project. Below you will find all the information that has been compiled during the completion of this project, including financial records, procedures, schedules, recommendations, and designs of the bridge. After a brief introduction to the project, there will be an in depth report of the aforementioned topics. Background The purpose of this project was to construct a pedestrian bridge to cross Paul’s Run as part of the Pomeroy Branch Rail to Trail project. Paul’s Run has become a place where people litter and abuse the land. The creek is a place where
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wildlife could potentially flourish if the land was properly maintained. With the construction of this bridge and the cleaning of Paul’s Run, pedestrians will be able to enjoy a walk through Newark’s environment while the wildlife can finally live at ease. The main goal with building this bridge is to bring the community into the surrounding wilderness and expose the true beauty of the city of Newark while cleaning up the area of Paul’s Run to allow the wildlife to live at ease. Conclusions In conclusion to this project, the construction went smoothly and successfully. The bridge design was practical, safe, aesthetically pleasing, and inexpensive allowing for a great result. Following the cleanup of the site, Paul’s Run took on a whole new look. The area became greener and the water of Paul’s Run flowed smoothly through rock instead of garbage. The area around the creek will now be safer for the wildlife to live there with the threat of pollution eliminated. The bridge will be an essential part of the Rail to Trail project as there are no other sections of the trail similar to it. Trail users can find a serene escape on this bridge or a change in scenery as they travel through the trail. The bridge turned out as planned, allowing a peaceful and safe passage over the creek for people that will use the trail. Recommendations We recommend that the following steps be taken to ensure that the safety and appearance remain high for the bridge:
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A city engineer should inspect the bridge monthly to check for any erosion on the bridge or surrounding that may compromise the safety of the bridge. A maintenance worker or other city employee should check either daily or weekly for any vandalism that may take place. Monthly checks for termite infestations must be implemented to ensure safety. A heavy fine for littering/vandalism may be appropriate, to ensure the
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