American Fence began a project special suicide prevention project 12 months ago, when the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) requested suggestions on how to fence a bridge that was constructed in the 1930’s.
This presented a number of design challenges.
The original ADOT specification called for a curved top fence (a ‘candy cane’ design) that is prevalent on bridges throughout the country. However, the bridge was far too narrow to accommodate this typical design.
Additionally, welding on the bridge was not permitted due to the structural and fire safety hazards. The bridge had to be visually pleasing due to the huge number of tourists who enjoy the surrounding scenic views.
Finally, because there is so much traffic on the bridge and on hiking trails below, American Fence had to complete the work at night while working through traffic control issues.
To overcome all of these obstacles, American Fence fabricated plates and brackets to attach the fence posts to the bridge. These plates and brackets were hot-dipped galvanized and powder-coated brown.
The fence framework was also powder-coated brown while the one inch “non-climb” mesh fabric was PVC-coated.
Using plates and brackets allowed the fence installers to use bolts instead of welding, and the brown framework and chain-link fabric blended in with the natural environment.
One inch “non-climb” fabric prevents people from scaling the fence without the need for a curved top.
American Fence installed this project ahead of schedule and on-budget.
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American Fence was founded in 1948 by J. P. Van Denburgh, a decorated war hero and former WWII Prisoner of War, and his wife Betty Van Denburgh, who committed their efforts to the only management style they knew: courage, integrity and hard work.
Today, those values remain at the heart of what American Fence Company stands for.
It is with unmatched dedication and commitment to producing a quality product that American Fence Company has positioned itself as a leader in the fencing industry for over 60 years.
American Fence Company is the nation’s premier fence contractor providing temporary fence panels, commercial installation and high security fencing.
American Fence also manufactures and wholesales a wide variety of fence products, including galvanized tube and pipe, right here in the United States.
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