St. Charles, MO
Creating a link among the network of parks and trails along the Meramec River Greenway.
The Warren Truss is an uncommon bridge structure (one of just four in Missouri) and represented at the time of its construction the cutting edge of bridge engineering. Decades of constant rusting and warping of the steel made the bridge unsafe for any mode of transit, and in 2010 the bridge was shut down. With the bridge’s closure, there was no convenient connection across the Meramec River between the Rt. 66 Museum and the park entrance.
LJC was challenged to develop ideas that would preserve the story of Warren Truss while also fulfilling the goal of connecting the existing trails along the Meramec River Greenway. The bridge creates a premiere trailway experience for bicyclists and hikers in Missouri and advances the vision of connecting and celebrating the natural resources along with one of the region’s most important natural corridors.