Rattlesnake Creek Pedestrian Bridge
The Rattlesnake National Recreation Area is a popular destination for area residents, but access was limited to the east side of Rattlesnake Creek. Friends of Missoula Parks and the City of Missoula wanted to install a bridge that was environmentally friendly, used sustainable design and fit into its surroundings. The new award winning 90-foot cable suspension bridge was open to the public on April 21, 2006.
Not only does this bridge provide a crucial link between the Rattlesnake and the city’s trail system, it also serves as a great example of implementing sustainable and recycled materials.
The bridge was funded with a US Forest Service Small Diameter Timber Grant, a Recreational Trails Program – Fish, Wildlife and Parks Grant and private donations.
The Bridge and HDR Engineering received many awards and accolades:
- 2007 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC): Engineering Excellence Awards, Honor Award
- 2007 America Road and Transportation Builders (ARTBA): Globe Award, 1st Place Bridge Category
- 2007 National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA): Finalist Project Award, Second Place
- 2008 Association of Conservation Engineers (ACE): First Place Award of Excellence
- City of Missoula
- Northwestern Energy
- HDR Engineering
- Pew Construction