This locally administered federal aid project involved replacement design for
the Ski Bowl Road Bridge over the Schoharie Creek. The existing 119-foot,
single-span welded steel through-truss structure was constructed in 1935 and
served as the entrance to the Hunter Mountain ski facility. An adjacent bridge
east of the truss served as the exit from Hunter Mountain and had a 26-foot-wide
clear bridge roadway with a 5-foot raised sidewalk along the east fascia. Our
team investigated several design alternatives to address the geometric,
structural, social, historic, environmental, and economic concerns associated
with this site.
One alternative design option was to convert the
existing truss bridge into a pedestrian bridge and construct a wider entrance
structure similar to the existing exit bridge. This alternative successfully
improved access to the Hunter Mountain ski facility while maintaining the
historic features. Our team coordinated with the State Historic Preservation
Office, as well as municipal and civic organizations, to help meet these goals.
Erdman Anthony's design for the pedestrian bridge included options for a fully
landscaped boulevard consisting of a tree-lined walkway with decorative pavement
and ornamental lighting.
The walkway connects to an existing bike trail
at the intersection with CR 83, and a decoratively paved crosswalk was provided
at the intersection to clearly define the pedestrian/bike area. This locally
administered federal aid project greatly improves both pedestrian and vehicular
entry to the Hunter Mountain ski facility. As the closest big mountain to metro
New York, safe and easy access to the resort is of paramount importance,
especially during the busy winter season.
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