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Kinsol Trestle Rehabilitation

Refurbishing a historic bridge for today’s use

Vancouver Island, British Columbia

The Kinsol Trestle is a historic timber railway bridge located north of Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia. Built in 1920 and eventually abandoned, it’s a visible reminder of the area's early mining and logging industries. When the local community acted to restore the trestle, we joined the effort and contributed the preliminary conceptual design and design of the architectural and structural components of the revitalized superstructure.

The entire 185-metre curved trestle was restored to its original appearance by combining new and existing wood trestles, supporting a new deck on steel trusses and beams. Because of its almost indistinguishable appearance to the original wood, we used weathering steel for the main structural components and reused the existing timber members by re-milling them into railings. We also incorporated stainless steel cable railings to increase the visibility between the timber rails and a stainless steel pipe handrail to top the curved railings.

When the dust cleared, the bridge was transformed into an award-winning trail bridge for pedestrian, cyclist, and equestrian traffic, contributing to another key link in the Trans-Canada Trail.

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