To transfer products from the south side to the north side of the Western Refining plant in El Paso, a pipe support bridge was constructed over busy Trowbridge Street. This conveyance offered significant cost savings over a tunnel project, along with making regular inspections more convenient. In addition to carrying the necessary pipes, the company solved a worker safety issue by incorporating a pedestrian bridge into the design.
The painted steel bridge is 91 feet long by 28 feet wide. The lighted pedestrian walkways are located on outside of the structure with the pipe galley running between. Corrugated steel is used for the curved roofing above the walkways and also utilized as paneling to enclose the pipe galley. The walkway’s metal decking is powder coated and a non-skid surface applied for sure footing. Though the bridge spans a city street, it is owned by Western Refining and access is only available from within the company property.