Orange you glad Gator can make bridges to benefit any surrounding? GatorBridge by CMI played a key role in a development designed to transform New Jersey’s beautiful Orange Reservoir into a recreation destination. The project, funded by Essex County, provides a 1.7-mile walkway around the reservoir.
“Having a continuous walkway around the perimeter of the water creates unbelievable opportunities to enjoy nature, link to hiking trails in South Mountain Reservation and observe different perspectives of this magnificent open space that were never possible before,” said Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. at the project’s completion.
The development, designed by French & Parrello and constructed by Shauger Group, features two pedestrian bridges manufactured by GatorBridge.
The main arched aluminum bridge is 84 feet in length and spans the Reservoir’s dam. For the nocturnal naturists, the bridge features blue lights on the arch and yellow lights at the base. The second bridge, 70 feet in length, has lighting at each entranceway. Both bridges are powder-coated black, and have a natural wood finish using Ipe decking and top rail cladding to blend well with the natural beauty of 2,000 acres of open space.
The walkway project, which began in November of 2013, was completed in less than six months. For panoramic views of the Orange Reservoir walkway and bridges, watch Shauger Group’s excellent video.