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Faux-wood Look Integrates Aluminum Bridge

11/27/2017 posted by admin

October 31, 2017 — Boucherville, Quebec, Canada — It may look like it’s made of wood, but the new pedestrian bridge in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, an on-island suburb of Montreal (Quebec, Canada), is fabricated almost entirely from aluminum.

The Make-A-Bridge® modular bridge system shown

Located in the 48-hectare (118.6 acres) William Cosgrove Centennial Park, the 7.2 m-long (23’-8”) prefabricated aluminum bridge includes decking and horizontal guard rails made of ipe, an exotic hardwood from South America. The top guard rail and its supports are coated with a faux-wood finish so the bridge can blend into the surrounding park, which includes a forest, lake, and fields.

The Make-A-Bridge® rests on screwed piles. A time and cost-efficient solution that is also easier on the environment than traditional concrete abutments

Designed and manufactured by MAADI Group, the pedestrian bridge was installed in October so that citizens may safely cross a waterway linked to the nearby lake. As a Make-A-Bridge® product, this bridge is weld-free and composed of modular, interlocking parts.

The new bridge replaces an obsolete wooden structure. “Almost every two years, we had to put a bit of money into it,” said Dany Iannantuoni, engineer and Project Manager in Dollard’s Public Works department. “Eventually, it was so worn down we actually closed it.”

The old wooden footbridge was closed for safety reasons

The new Make-A-Bridge® has an ipe exotic decking and horizontal rails on a non corrosive aluminum backbone

After a lot of research and meetings with providers regarding potential materials for a new bridge, Iannantuoni chose a wood grain powder coating process on a non-corrosive aluminum bridge structure. “You pay a bit more at the beginning, but if you consider it in terms of life-cycle analysis, in the end it’s a good long-term investment.”

Complying with CAN/CSA-S6-14 (2014) (Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code), the 1.8 m-wide (70.9”) bridge has a live load capacity of 410 kg/m2 (84 psf) and can support up to 60 people. The pedestrian bridge is made of extruded aluminum 6061-T6 and 6005A-T61 custom profiles and AA357 aluminum castings.

Wood grain decorative powder coating enhances the look, and adds value to, your Make-A-Bridge® bridge kit

“We have a lot of users [of the park] every day,” said Iannantuoni. “Even the day that we were installing it, when the passers-by were watching the work, they would make comments saying, ‘Finally, we have a bridge again. We love this bridge.’”

“We were pleased that we found such an appealing solution to the city’s need for a ‘natural look’,” said Alexandre de la Chevrotière, CEO of MAADI Group. “The ipe wood will need periodic maintenance to keep its rich red color, but the hardwood has a life expectancy of 50 years minimum, and the aluminum structure 100 years. So the people of Dollard will enjoy a super-solid and natural-looking bridge for decades to come.”

For more information on Make-A-Bridge® aluminum pedestrian bridges and structural aluminum solutions contact Sales at 450-449-0007 or

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