It seems that some of the craftsmanship that was more evident on historic bridges is making a comeback in Kent.
No covered wooden bridges yet but we’ve worked hard to make sure that any bridge repairs is done with an eye for function and form. If you’re going to repair abutments, trusses or wing walls, why not take a little extra time to think about how the bridge is going to look for the next 30 years.
After decades of minimalist infrastructure design, advances in technology have made it possible to construct bridges that reflect a little personality rather than just being a monolithic hunk of concrete.
Dollars are too tight these days to afford the hand work that made the historic bridges so iconic but construction techniques have made it possible to make things look hand crafted at half the price.
The Redmond Bridge at the Kramer Ball Fields is a great example of putting a few unconventional elements into the look of the new bridge.
With the bike trail, river kayaking and all the ballgames at the park bringing so many people to the bridge, it was a great opportunity to show that Kent is the kind of place where the little details still matter; where form is just as important as function.
Parks and Recreation had to wait an extra year to receive the $1 million in grant funding to repair the bridge but it’s hard not to look at the bridge today and think that it was worth the wait.