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Thurston Avenue Bridge

Situated on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, the Thurston Avenue Bridge holds a prominent position as an iconic structure at this Ivy League institution. Drawing scholars from around the globe, the university is known for its architectural significance, making the visibility of the bridge to the public a crucial consideration. Spanning a treacherous gorge, the bridge is a daily passage for students and handles a substantial traffic load, with approximately 8500 vehicles, 950 pedestrians, and 60 bicycles crossing it each day.

Given the paramount importance of the bridge’s appearance, the decision was made to enhance its steel rails with hot-dip galvanizing, complemented by a powder-coated duplex system for the top coat. A thorough cost analysis revealed that hot-dip galvanizing (HDG) was not only cost-effective but also comparable or even less expensive than a three-part paint system, making it the obvious choice for the specifier. Beyond its exceptional durability, HDG was the ideal solution for preserving the design aesthetics and protecting the bridge from corrosive road salts used during winter. The quick turnaround time and high-quality duplex powder coat ensure that the bridge will enjoy years of corrosion protection, serving as a testament to how hot-dip galvanizing, combined with the duplex system, synergistically provides superior, long-lasting, maintenance-free life. Hubbell Galvanizing’s expertise in this project highlights their commitment to excellence in galvanizing work.