Location: Rotterdam, NY

Plotter Kill Preserve Pedestrian Bridge

The nature preserve is rugged and features three beautiful waterfalls. For visitors to access the preserve’s stunning views, an updated, safe pedestrian bridge was needed that could handle the elements and stand the test of time. The solution was fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP).


The Plotter Kill Preserve in Rotterdam, NY contains 632 acres of forest, ledges and steep slopes. The rugged terrain called for a rugged bridge, which is why the Schenectady County engineering team turned to Bedford for an ReadySpan fiberglass pedestrian bridge.


Bedford designed the 6-foot wide by 50-foot long brown fiberglass pedestrian bridge with pine deck to cross the kill. The structure will stand up to rain, snow, ice and more in the preserve. The FRP won’t rust or rot, no paint or stain is required, and maintenance is minimal. Given the remote location, a big advantage was the installation team could hand carry the bridge components to the site before assembling. No large equipment was needed for transportation or assembly.

Read about another fiberglass pedestrian bridge our team created to withstand snow, wind and visitor foot traffic in Cascade Locks, Oregon.