Custom Bridge Designs

Custom Bridges Are Just the Beginning

The standard truss designs we offer are efficient designs in regards to both loading capabilities and cost. Almost all of our projects start with one of our standard trusses as a base and customize the railing, decking, and aesthetic features. However, we also love working with clients to design and fabricate custom truss bridges. If you have a design you would like to see fabricated our project managers and design engineers will create plans that meet your individual bridge specifications. As with all of our bridges, we will provide a complete drawings and analysis package stamped by a professional engineer.

Bridges are not the only structures we build. Once clients have worked with us on a bridge project, they understand that we can fabricate any aluminum structure. From boat hulls, to church steeples, to floating helicopter pads, GatorBridge can fabricate any custom aluminum structure.

Custom Structure Applications

Temporary bridge by Gator.

Temporary Bridges

Aluminum temporary bridges are cost efficient solutions for temporary project needs. From initial structure cost to transportation and installation, aluminum bridges provide cost savings for temporary bridge projects. Once the project is complete and the bridge is no longer needed, the structure retains a high resale or recycling value.


Modular bridge by GatorBridge.

Modular Bridges

Government organizations, large construction firms, and departments of transportation are often in need of temporary bridges. Instead of ordering a custom size temporary bridge for each project need, these entities often choose to order modular bridges. The modular bridge can then be configured into different length bridges for each project need.


A GatorBridge constructed platform.

Boardwalks & Overlooks

Boardwalks, platforms, catwalks, gangways, and overlooks are all structures that GatorBridge fabricates. Many times these structures feature elements of our standard truss designs, or the DRI design of GatorDock’s gangways.


Other bridges built by Gator.

Other Custom Structures

For over 40 years we have been fabricating exactly what our clients needed. And although the majority of the aluminum structures we make are docks and bridges, it didn’t always use to be that way. Aluminum is one of the most versatile structure materials for fabrication. Its properties offer value that exceeds other traditional materials like steel and wood. If you need aluminum structure fabricated of any kind, contact us.


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More Custom Resources

Download drawings, specs, and other engineering resources in our technical section.

Custom Options & Accessories

+ Aesthetics+ Truss Style+ Railing+ Decking


The top chord of our bridge’s frames can be cladded in natural or composite wood to achieve a look fit for a natural park setting. Angling the cladding on the top chord helps water run-off and can provide a resting rail for pedestrians.


As a custom bridge manufacturer, we can fabricate almost any design you can dream. We provide unique and wild designs for America’s most inventive theme parks, so go wild with your GatorBridge plan.


Lighting provides safety and night time sophistication to your bridge design. Additional utilities including handicap door openers can also be integrated into a GatorBridge.


One of the inherent benefits to aluminum is that there is no need for painting to maintain the performance and life of the structure. Although many prefer the brushed metal look of our aluminum bridges, others prefer specific colors or textures. We can powder coat the entire GatorBridge or just specific members to achieve the look, color or texture that you desire. Powder coating is typically thicker, tougher and more durable than conventional paint for years of trouble free performance.

Standard Truss Style

The Cascade and Contour are our standard truss styles. To learn more about these designs, view our pedestrian bridge section.

Custom Truss or Structure

From arched bridges to museum ships, we can fabricate any custom aluminum design. Start work on your custom project by contacting Gator today.

ADA Railing

If the railing of your choice does not fully comply with your project’s accessibility requirements, Gator can incorporate ADA handrail or toe rail on your trail bridge.


If your project site already has an established design aesthetic, the custom design team at Gator can customize the railing and truss of your bridge to match. Contact us to walk through the custom design process.


The horizontal rail modernizes the traditional look of our truss bridge designs. The horizontal aluminum rail is available in 42” or 54” heights and can be cladded or powder coated.


Originally a custom railing design, the mesh rail has become a popular option. Add an ADA compliant handrail to this rail style for pedestrian comfort.


The combination is our standard rail option for GatorBridges and features vertical pickets within a connected hand and toe rail. The standard height for this popular rail is 42” but is also available in a 54” height.


Aluminum decking is the standard choice on our aluminum bridges. The decking is incorporated into the bridge frame for added structural integrity. The no-maintenance aluminum is textured in two planes to provide maximum slip resistance.

Composite Wood

Composite wood is a synthetic alternative to hardwood. Choose your favorite brand and deck color to enhance the decking or cladding of your arched bridge design.


Grated decking provides an environmentally considerate option for your custom bridge. If you need a structure that allows light penetration in a natural area, our aluminum or composite grating may be right for you.


Heavier loading requirements for temporary or modular bridges may want to choose pressure treated pine decking. This economical wood deck option can be decked before shipment or in the field.

Ipe Hardwood

A more durable hardwood option is our Brazilian Ipe hardwood. This natural wood deck is not treated yet requires little to no maintenance. Choose to clad the bridge chords in Ipe for a natural, cohesive look.


Concrete, pavers and other custom decking options may be the right deck for your heavy duty bridge design. Concrete decked bridges may minimize the design options available on your project.