Lawe Street Trestle Trail
2021 Engineering Excellence State Finalist
Entering Firm: CORRE Inc.
Client: City of Appleton Parks and Recreation Department
A decaying railroad bridge over the Fox River in Appleton was a concern for the city. It was no longer used for trains, but locals used it as an informal crossing point. It was dangerous and an eyesore that needed a solution.
CORRE noticed the value of the bridge’s location to tie together various trails in the city. Instead of demolishing the bridge, the design team provided a solution to renovate it and turn it into a pedestrian path. The 103-year-old bridge required extensive structural work to make it sound for the planned use. Additionally, CORRE engaged the community to lobby for grant money to offset the cost.
The new bridge serves a dynamic and growing area of the city. Lawrence University students, residents of the Eagle Point Senior Living development and other users can now cross the Fox River safely. It expanded access to local businesses and connects this area of the city to the wider trail network. The new bridge pays homage to the city’s history through local art and a name that recognizes the historic hydroelectricity plant nearby.
The design team’s quick thinking turned a safety problem into a unique solution. The new trail bridge benefits all users and fulfills the city’s interconnectivity goals.