Step 9: Install hut

This design incorporates a "sod" roof of locally harvested mosses as well as integrated benches. The entire structure except the plywood on the roof is constructed of red cedar. Most of the pieces were fabricated in a wood shop and then carried out and installed.

A waterproof membrane was attached to plywood and then old fishing net was draped over the roof to provide the moss with a stable foundation.

The bridge has considerable spring to it - it has a few inches of travel just walking on it normally. Bouncing on it will flex it (the section that isn't supported in the center) about 8 or 9 inches.

Total project cost: just over $10,000 not including donations and a few hundred hours of volunteer labor.

<p>Wow, that is really amazing!</p><p>Congratulations on your success and many to come!</p>
<p>Thanks for sharing, this is well done.</p>
Why cantilevered?&nbsp; Why not two piers?&nbsp; Other than asthetics of course...
That's what is special about artistic work such as this! You work with what is naturally available, i.e. a rock at mid stream!<br><br>Cantilevers are very interesting, i.e. Husky stadium at the UW in Seattle. It was designed as a cantilever system. To the average person on the street it appears as impossible.
Purely aesthetics.&nbsp; The designer definitely had a vision of making the bridge much more than a way to cross the stream.&nbsp; He wanted the bridge to be an attraction, and something to engage the senses.&nbsp; <br />
I live in Alaska and if I find my self down that way I want to go and see this!
the hut on the bridge in simply exquisite : great place for meditation I would say
I would just love copy of those plans.
As a resident of Anchorage Alaska I am apalled that you didn't have the consideration to put this bridge near me so I can go see it.&nbsp; : )&nbsp; Good job.&nbsp; Maybe I will have to take a trip to Juneau one of these days a swing by Petersburg to see the bridge.
This bridge is a work of art, give my compliments to the designer and the Boy Scout (now an Eagle Scout I&nbsp;guess)<br />
<p>Looks Great Zieak... may i ask<br /> the Bridge designers name? Might as well give him some online credit... ;0)<br /> Did you have&nbsp;a part in the design as well?<br /> How long from start to finish?</p> <p>Where exactly is this bridge?</p> <p>After thought - Can one see it on google satilite&nbsp;maps i wonder?<br /> <br /> Best time of year to hike the trail to see your Bridge project or should one say &quot;Our&quot; new bridge... ;0)<br /> <br /> Again hats off to you and all involved.</p>
I&nbsp;didn't know if he wanted his name posted online - but when I last spoke to him I mentioned this Instructable and he didn't seem to be phased... Dieter Klose.<br /> <br /> I&nbsp;met with him a few times during the process but only in a supportive role. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> The bridge is located <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=99833&amp;sll=38.915577,-77.027042&amp;sspn=0.073995,0.179043&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=Petersburg,+Wrangell-Petersburg,+Alaska+99833&amp;ll=56.803792,-132.912169&amp;spn=0.026034,0.089521&amp;t=h&amp;z=14" rel="nofollow">here</a>.&nbsp; But online satellite maps are not good enough resolution for my area to see the bridge or to zoom in close enough to even see the stream. &nbsp; <br /> <br /> The bridge is only 200 feet from the parking area inside Sandy Beach Park so any time of the year is good!<br />
Wow -&nbsp;you're right,&nbsp;the satelite images are really bad. I'm surpised at that.<br /> <br /> And andother wow - i thought this was in Cali or Washington state somewhere... that's not too far away... Arkansas is great state with a lot of good parks and scenery. I traveled through there and met really nice people along the way.<br /> <br /> If you don't mind me asking, What is the name of the Park it is located at? I didn't see it above. I dable in 4x5 photography and am always making note of locations that are interesting. This bridge adds rather than takes away as&nbsp;many structures do and i'm sure the rest of the trail does as well.<br /> <br /> How long is the trail that this is on? I mean is it a Day Trail or overnighter - 2-3 days to complete? Or a link to find out more about it?<br /> <br /> I only ask about the Designers name because i thought i might see if there was any other cool stuff he designed online. He seems to take in the seemingly lost art of designing with nature instead of against it - if you follow my meaning.<br /> <br /> thanks for anwsering my post - and again hats off to all of you involved in this project. I'll take agander at your site this evening - i noticed your link. Seems your involved in some interesting things as you mention in your instructable. Liking what you do always helps in the outcome. ;0) Seems you have found a passion for this sort of thing. Congrats.<br /> <br /> -chase-<br />
Arkansas might be a great state with good parks and scenery... But Alaska has even better!&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Just kidding - people make that mistake with AK all the time.<br /> <br /> It is located in Sandy Beach Park.&nbsp; My father is a photographer and took <a href="http://www.finalimpressions.com/printindex/Trail%20to%20City%20Creek.htm" rel="nofollow">this one</a> of an old cabin chimney that's about 150 feet further along the trail.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /> <br /> The path is one mile long.&nbsp; It isn't developed at all though - just a swath cut through the forest along the beach.&nbsp; But A $26,000 grant will upgrade that path this coming summer.<br /> <br /> Dieter hasn't done any other bridges like this.&nbsp; His work primarily involves residential and commercial buildings.&nbsp; If you look up his name online you can read about his mountaineering experiences in the are though!<br />
lol - well that makes it a bit farther away for sure. I've seen some photos and documentaries on Alaska as well some friends have been there - are there now i believe - they go up every year over the winter. Beautiful state!<br /> <br /> Your Dads pic is real nice -&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;though i wish&nbsp;he would post it just a tad bigger... i have pretty high rez on my laptop and the wide white border tends to over power the image imo)&nbsp;Though i understand reasons for keeping it small on the web.<br /> - just looked again at it, others&nbsp;and&nbsp;around the site - <br /> The whole site is your dads... and&nbsp;he shoots 4x5 and 5x7 - that's so cool.<br /> <br /> The photo your dad took&nbsp;does show&nbsp;that the area has some&nbsp;real character. And&nbsp;with your bridge project adding to the ambiance... I definitlely need to get up that way again. Fartherst i've been is Big Sur in Cali. at this point on the west coast -&nbsp;Montreal, Ca on the east coast.<br /> <br /> I like your Ball Field Pond pic on your site - that's a lot of shoveling from what it looks like... glad it wasn't me. ha... ;0)<br /> <br /> I'll definitly have to plan for another trip your way - there is much i want to see on the west coast again or for the first time.<br /> <br /> thanks for taking the time to answer my questions and the chat.<br /> And thanks for all your hard work on the trail and to all involved.<br /> <br /> -chase-
Thanks Chase.&nbsp; If you ever make it up to Alaska I'd be happy to give you some good tips on places to visit!<br />
I'll&nbsp;just may take you up on that &nbsp;- fav'd your instrucable to save it.<br /> <br /> Take care and stay warm!<br /> -chase-
Really, really nice job.&nbsp; I just took a virtual tour of Petersburg and It, and your bridge, are on my bucket list.&nbsp; Suggestion....Could you place a photo or two of your bridge on Google Earth to show it's location.<br /> Congratulations on such a great project.&nbsp; I'm jealous.<br /> -Mike<br />
You put in a lot of work. Too bad some citizens can not enjoy it. Don't forget to consider the ADA when designing projects such as this
It was a guarded choice to not make it entirely accessible.&nbsp; The rest of the trail will not be built to ADA guidelines.&nbsp; And it is worth noting that trails are exempt from those legal restrictions.&nbsp; Are you familiar with the work of Beneficial Designs? Their system of mapping trail characteristics to determine the level of accessibility is a much better measure of the degree of ability necessary to enjoy remote trails.<br /> <br /> Before this bridge, a person with any mobility impairment, loss of sight, or any other of many limitations would find this route (it is 200 feet from a parking lot) completely inaccessible. &nbsp; <br /> <br /> My first job in my degree focus after college was providing recreational services for people with disabilities.&nbsp; We took them out cross country and downhill skiing.&nbsp; Ever loaded someone with severe MS into a chairlift?&nbsp; I'm just saying to let you know I'm very well aware of the struggles of people with disabilities.&nbsp; But I'm just as well aware that if there is a will, there is a way.&nbsp; And that this is not a topic I take lightly.<br />
this is great! How did you acquire the grant? Was it a local grant?<br />
Actually it was a federal grant through the Forest Service.<br />
So awesome.<br /> Does anybody have a picture of the view from the hut, down (or up) the stream?
I need to work out there and will take a few pictures with my cameraphone.<br />
This is fantastic &amp; a credit to yourself &amp; all involved. Very, very well done.
I appreciate that!<br />
&nbsp;&quot;Troll Booth&quot;...I love it! &nbsp;<br /> <br /> GREAT bridge, wonderfully executed!<br />
Thanks!<br />
It look very well done. I&nbsp;see your group took the time to plan the whole thing out and it definitely paid off. Good work and good luck on your next project!<br />
did you guys dam up the stream while you worked?
Nope.&nbsp; The variation in the flow just really depended on the amount of rain we had.<br />
I'm blown away.<br />
This is really great.&nbsp; And, yes, you do have one of the best jobs in the world.<br />
hey I was just looking around on instructables and came across what looks a lot like Sandy Beach in Petersburg, (were I grew up) really cool
That's the place!<br />
When was the project completed? I spent a summer in Petersburg a few years ago. Would love to see the bridge, so maybe this gives me an excuse to get back there at some point. Great job!<br />
&nbsp;This is beautiful for several reasons;<br /> <br /> 1. It get's you across the creek.<br /> 2. It provides a place to stop, listen, reflect, and enjoy nature.<br /> 3. It's made mostly from nature and would eventually return to nature.<br /> 4. It's whimsical in it's design and construction.<br /> 5. It's made by people who care and want to spread that to others.<br /> <br /> Thank you! &nbsp;This is a gift to everyone. &nbsp;You brought me joy today.<br /> <br /> John<br />
What is it with you Alaskans and these &quot;bridges to nowhere&quot;!?
maybe some outdoor lamps shining to the river would be cool, this might make it easier to fish.........well if theres fish<br />
Hello.<br /> I just wanted to ask is that stream a host to spawning salmon?<br /> <br />
In 10 years i have never seen salmon in that stream.&nbsp; It would make for a great observation platform.&nbsp; There is a smaller stream close by that i have seen fish in and some harbor seals prowl the bay there though.<br />
That must be the dodgiest bridge I've ever seen, but I love it!
&nbsp;Nice work! &nbsp;It is nice to see people improving their areas and parks, it shows care for an otherwise dying recreation (or, at least it is in my area). &nbsp;I'll see if I can do anything in my local park!
Add some jeopardy to your next build...
Gives new meaning to my designer's statement: &quot;<em>Some people may not want to cross the bridge, because it requires paying attention...&quot;</em>
It really is an awesome bridge. I never thought people would get so excited over a footbridge, but everyone really likes it because it is so unique. Our family has traversed it many times. This is a early snowy morning in December.<br />
Nice picture Tye!<br />
This is awesome. <br /> <br /> Is this part of a park? It looks like a gorgeous area.<br />
It is part of Sandy Beach Park.&nbsp; It is a small &quot;city&quot;-owned park in a tiny island community in southeastern Alaska.&nbsp; And you're right - it sure is gorgeous here!<br />
Really, really, really, very, quite, very awesome.

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