Buckland River Bridge

Buckland, AK

Buckland River Bridge

Plate Girder Alternative

Buckland River Bridge

Cable Stay Alternative

The 600 foot long Buckland River Bridge provides cross river access and transport of new water and sewer lines for a remote village in Northern Alaska. Shearer Design developed a Bridge Study Report, as well as, a Design Study Report to evaluate potential bridge types in this environmentally harsh environment. Four span arrangements and bridge types: cable stayed, plate girder, truss and rolled steel girders, were developed, analyzed and cost estimated.

Buckland River Bridge    Buckland River Bridge

Actual Ice Flow            Computer Model

Ice jam formation was a major concern for the project. A computer discrete element model was used to investigate several pier arrangements and sizes to determine the optimum arrangement for ice passage.