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Pedestrian Bridge

Listing #4115   Listed on: 04/26/2013

Company Name: Hudson Cabinetmaking, Inc.

Contact Name:   Russell Hudson
Website:   www.hudsoncabinetmaking.com

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They lived in Ardsley, NY, which is a fairly well-to-do town less than an hour north of Manhattan. Although this property (as it faced the road) was only 75 feet wide, it ran back almost 250 feet deep giving the owners quite a bit of land behind the house. The problem was that a little over halfway back a creek cut the property in two. The little ravine was 15 feet wide but fully 8 feet deep so getting to the rear section (behind the creek) was near impossible. They needed a bridge....a pedestrian bridge which would allow easy access to the back section for lawn mowing, parties, ball throwing, etc.
This should have been a piece of cake. I'm a cabinetmaker and during those rare times when I'm asked to make something whose structural integrity must carry the weight of people (decks, stairs, etc.), I always make it much stronger and more substantial than I think it requires because I like the look and the structure will pass any test later if it comes under scrutiny....but here comes the second problem....This creek eventually winds its way down to the Hudson River and because of that the structure came under the jurisdiction of some major players. After attending a meeting with the town building department I was told I'd have to have an architect render plans based on my design that verified its strength and permanence....AND I was also told I needed the permission of the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Army Corps of Engineers.After two weeks of bureaucratic 'running in circles' on the phone I was given the go ahead. I then found an architect for the blueprints (that I still work with to this day).These two renderings represented my vision for the bridge. I wanted an arbor over the walkway to which they would introduce vines. As the costs began to escalate, the client established a ceiling to the budget and I simplified the bridge. After the town finally approved all my paperwork, we went to work.


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The following shots portray how we netted out.

 
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Finished Side View. For reference, my youngest son Brian is almost 6'4

 
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Two years later the client confided in me that the project turned out so well he wishes he'd paid the extra cost and included the arbor above. Damn….I would love to have built that original design.

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Posted By: Joe Knobbe     [04/29/2013]
Out of curiosity wouldn't a ramp allow easier access - especially for mowing?

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