ROUTE 66 STATE PARK PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE
The Warren Truss Bridge at Route 66 State Park represents an important link throughout the network of parks and trails along the Meramec River Greenway.
The Warren Truss is an uncommon bridge structure (one of just four in Missouri) and represented at the time of its construction the cutting edge of bridge engineering. Decades of constant rusting and warping of the steel has made the bridge unsafe for any mode of transit across, and in 2010 the bridge was shut down. With the bridge’s recent closure, there is currently no convenient connection across the Meramec River between the Rt. 66 Museum and the park entrance.
BatesForum was challenged to develop ideas that would preserve as much of the story of Warren Truss as possible while also fulfilling the goal of connecting the existing trails along the Meramec River Greenway. The completion of the bridge would immediately help create a premiere trailway experience for bicyclists and hikers in Missouri, and move forward the vision of connecting and celebrating the natural resources along one of the region’s most important natural corridors. Forum also examined future programming opportunities that could be anchored by a new potential bridge connection
Through a process of iterative modeling, the team narrowed down the strategies to four main categories, each with a construction cost in mind while maximizing the design potential. Repair fixes the bridge to original working condition. Preserve redefines the bridge’s existing function. Renew presents a new bridge that honors the old. Minimal provides a cost effective option.
*Originally designed by Forum Studio