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2011 Environmental Excellence Awards

For Excellence in Nonmotorized Transportation

Agencies Awarded:

Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Eagle Lake Field Office

Federal Highway Administration Central Federal Lands Highway Division (FHWA-CFLHD)

Project Contributors:

BLM, Eagle Lake Field Office
Stan Bales and Sue Noggles

FHWA-CFLHD
Nate Allen and Micah Leadford

For Excellence in Nonmotorized Transportation

Bizz Johnson Trail Bridge No. 9 Repair Project

The Bizz Johnson Trail Bridge No. 9 Repair Project restored dedicated bicycle and pedestrian access across the Susan River in Lassen County, California. A 90-foot segment of the 270-foot historic railroad-turned-bicycle/pedestrian bridge had been destroyed by wildfire in 2000. The Federal Highway Administration Central Federal Lands Highway Division partnered with the Bureau of Land Management to replace the damaged segment and restore the entire span. To maintain the historical character of the bridge, the agencies installed replacement steel girders on the damaged segment that mimic the aesthetics of the original I-beam girders on the undamaged portion of the bridge. Lead-based paint was removed from the existing steel trestles and girders, and interpretive signage to educate users about the history of the bridge, which was built in 1913, was added. The bridge was outfitted with decking to safely accommodate wheelchairs and horse-drawn carriages as well as bicyclists and pedestrians. Completed in October 2010, the renovated historic railroad bridge once again allows bicyclists and pedestrians traffic-free access across the Susan River through the Lassen National Forest.

Photograph of the Bizz Johnson Trail Bridge No. 9
Updated: 12/03/2012
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