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August 18, 2014

Don’t mess with Texas…or rust

Did you hear what the steel bridge said to the University of Texas fan?

“Hey, we’re wearing the same color!”

Actually, Longhorn fans call their signature color “burnt orange” (Pantone 159, to be precise), not rust. But thanks to Mother Nature, you’ll see a lot of rusty, orangey and brownish hues on steel pedestrian bridges and walkways all over the state.

GatorBridge’s  southern regional manager, Ashley Velotta, is determined to change that with custom aluminum pedestrian bridges and walkways. As Texas engineers are discovering, aluminum structures look great, install quickly, don’t corrode, and require little or no maintenance.

One recent bridge buyer is the city of Kerrville, Texas, in the heart of Texas’s scenic Hill Country. According to Dieter Werner, city engineer, the municipal Schreiner Golf Course had originally planned to replace two dilapidated bridges with steel bridges. But Werner found that Gator bridges offer less upfront costs than steel structures, much lower maintenance costs, and decades of durability. Plus, aluminum bridges can be installed in less than a day, with minimal inconvenience to golfers.

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Schreiner’s bridges, completed in March, are 6’ by 30’ and 6’ by 65’ with redwood composite decking. The shorter bridge is arched for aesthetic appeal.

Gator is now working on another project for Kerrville:  a 10’ by 90’ bridge for the city’s ambitious River Trail project. The River Trail is designed to spur economic development and recreation along the Guadalupe River, which runs directly through the city. The specification allowed for steel or aluminum and Gator was chosen over its steel competitors.

Remember, in Texas or anywhere else, aluminum is the metal you can trust not to rust!

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