Girl Scouts New Pedestrian Bridge

Camp Laughing Waters in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania hosts a variety of camp activities and amenities for the Girl Scouts. However, no direct access was available to cross between the camps divided by Swamp Creek. The owner wanted to keep the rustic ambiance of the site and preserve as much of the trees and wooded areas as possible. Concrete abutments were designed to support the ~56,000 lb. steel bridge and supported on helical piers.

Project Summary:

  • Helical Pile Type: 1¾” square shaft & 3½” diameter pipe piles
  • # of Helical Piles: 18 SS & 7 PP
  • Location: Gilbertsville, PA
  • Installation Depth: 20′-25′
  • Ultimate Pile Capacity: 80 Kips
  • Challenge/Unique Aspect: Prior to any design work, several considerations had to be taken into account including the isolated settings which hindered access to the site, as well as the soil conditions and water levels which limited the foundation design options. Helicals proved to be the best option to overcome the mobilization, access, site and environmental concerns.
  • Engineer/Architect: W.J. Castle, P.E. & Associates, P.C.