M•E•2 FRP Pedestrian Bridges

From installation ease to the strength to meet the demands of load-carrying conditions and harsh weather, Bedford FRP is ideal for pedestrian and trail bridges of any size. The lightweight material is easy to transport to out-of-the-way sites. And because it doesn’t rust, rot, or get affected by high humidity or saltwater or even insects, no maintenance is needed and decades of useful performance are assured.

The Perfect Material

The incredible durability of Bedford structural fiberglass in a variety of weather conditions makes it the ideal choice for constructing walking bridges. Resistance to heat, high winds, rain, snow and corrosion are why more and more locations are replacing failing old wood and steel bridges with M•E•2 pedestrian bridge solutions from Bedford.


M•E•2 Pedestrian Bridges can be shipped one of three ways: as a kit for complete assembly in the field, in modules that require limited assembly, or completely pre-assembled. With each option you’ll receive helpful instructions for assembly and/or rigging.


As with all Bedford products, M•E•2 Pedestrian Bridges are designed and fabricated with installation ease in mind. All components are shipped pre-drilled with any needed hardware. And because the material is lightweight and requires no special experience or tools for assembly, bridges can be built by volunteers as well as professionals. For nearly all projects, no special experience or heavy equipment is needed.

Specification Highlights

Complete specification details will be provided with your quote, but this information will give you an overview of the high quality you can expect from Bedford M•E•2 Pedestrian Bridges.

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FRP Composites
Bedford M•E•2 Pedestrian Bridges are fabricated from high-strength E-glass and isophthalic polyester resin for strength and durability. Unless specified otherwise, the minimum thickness of FRP composite shapes shall be 0.25 in. See complete FRP Pedestrian Bridge specifications.

Railings will be a minimum of 42″ above the floor deck for pedestrian and bicycle use and a minimum of 54″ above the floor deck for equestrian use.

Safety Rails
Trusses feature continuous 3″ horizontal safety rails on the inside. Vertical pickets are available if preferred.

Standard options include green and gray. Custom colors are available on request. Because Bedford integrates color during manufacturing, no painting is needed.


Is FRP really a better choice than traditional wood, steel and aluminum?
Yes! Bedford FRP offers all the strength of traditional materials while providing advanced protection again harsh weather, rot, rust, corrosion and more.

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It’s also lighter, making it easier to ship and transport to the jobsite. Walking bridges are often installed in wooded areas, and Bedford M•E•2 Pedestrian Bridges are far superior to traditional bridge materials not only for strength and longevity, but also for maintaining an attractive appearance that complements the landscape.

How can I get an estimate for my bridge project?
We’re here to help. Simply use our online form, call us at 800-377-3280, or send an email.

How long does it take to build a bridge?
Because every project is different, the schedule is determined on a project-by-project basis. The estimate we put together for you will include scheduling information from order to delivery. In general, most of our bridges are shipped within 60 days of order.

Is the bridge shipped assembled?
Several bridge systems can be shipped fully assembled if the installation requires it. In most cases, customers choose to have the components shipped unassembled or partially assembled because it’s more cost effective. For bridges shipped fully assembled, a crane or other equipment will be needed for unloading.

Does Bedford install bridges?
No, although we will ship bridges fully assembled if needed. Also, Bedford M•E•2 Pedestrian Bridges are designed for easy installation using standard tools. If you don’t want to hire a local contractor, contact us to learn how simple the process can be.

How heavy are the individual bridge components?
The elements that make up Bedford M•E•2 Pedestrian Bridges are purposely lightweight so that they can be easily hand-carried to the jobsite when needed. The heaviest piece will likely be no more than 90 pounds. Most are much less.

Does Bedford offer a solution for bridges that can support cars as well as pedestrians?
Our bridges aren’t designed for highways, but they can be built to handle light vehicle applications up to 10,000 pounds, enough to handle most cars, light pickups, and ambulances. They can also be designed for supporting ATVs, golf carts, and trail maintenance equipment. Let us know your needs and we will work with you to find a solution.

How long of a bridge span can you make?
To date, the longest bridge we’ve fabricated and shipped is 60′. In theory, the maximum length is unlimited, but shipping becomes an issue. We recommend splicing bridges over 50′ to make shipping and installation easier and more cost effective.

Can your bridge design include a camber?
Absolutely. It does add cost, because most cambers require special fabrication and need to be shipped assembled, but they can be both beautiful and efficient once installed. Your representative will work with you to find the best camber solution for your space and load needs.

What are the foundation needs? Do you provide the design?
In nearly all cases, Bedford M•E•2 Pedestrian Bridges work fine with standard concrete foundations. Bedford does not provide foundation design, but you’ll receive detailed instructions for the required anchor bolt layout.

When should we use stainless steel fasteners?
In marine and other environments that are very wet, we recommend using stainless steel fasteners and hardware for added corrosion protection.

What about the deck? What materials do you recommend?
Standard Pressure-Treated #2 Southern Yellow Pine is cost-effective and ideal for pedestrian, equestrian and H-5 vehicle bridges in most applications. For harsh environments, the decking can be made from our FRP material or composite decking. However, note that premium fiberglass decking should not be used on equestrian bridges because horses are sensitive to the texture.

What is the recommended safety spacing for midrails?
Though there’s no government standard in place for trail and park bridges, we recommend that the maximum opening between horizontal safety midrails be no more than 9″, preferably less. Most customers request 4″ openings, which is the maximum allowed by government standards for railings and stairways.

Can you design a bridge that works on a sloped site?
Yes. Varying elevations are common. We’ll work with you to assess the needs and provide you with options.

What are the maintenance needs for a Bedford bridge?
There aren’t any for the bridge itself. You may need to occasionally remove leaves or limbs that are cluttering the bridge, but the structure itself is long lasting virtually maintenance-free. Depending on the amount of direct sunlight the bridge receives, there may be some color fading over a long length of time.