Garden Path Bridges - 2004

My wife had casually mentioned that a footbridge over the dry creek bed drainage culvert we created in the front and in the back would be a nice feature. I decided to surprise her and built the bridges in one day. I used 2x12 lumber for the sides, cut the arch shapes out with a jigsaw, and then transferred that shape to the other side and cut it out too. I left a flat area on the bottom side at each end where it would rest on the ground. The only limit to design on the cuts is your imagination. If you don't want a tall bridge, or if it isn't spanning a wide area, you could use 2x10, 2x8 or even 2x6 lumber. I made mine 6 feet long and 24" wide, and used 2x4 and 2x6 boards for the decking, and a 2x6 vertical support in the center to give it more rigidity. I used a square to make sure the board sides and ends were perpendicular and parallel. I used pressure treated lumber, but redwood or cedar would work great too. If you want to make a smooth arch shape, you can use 1/2" PVC pipe, bend it to the shape you want, screw it to the board, and then trace out the curve on the board. The bridge is very sturdy, and looks pretty good too. Of course, you could use 2x8, or even 2x6 side boards, depending on the span and how you cut the side boards.

As with any of these projects, contact me if you have any questions.

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