Anyone who has visited Highland’s lower grounds knows how significantly Capon Run features in the landscape. It passes near the Tabernacle and through the heart of summer camp’s cabins and dining area. Bridges are vital for accessing sleeping areas, infrastructure, and land, so issues with our bridges inspire some extra concern.
Last fall, we appealed for funds to replace the aging low water bridge. God’s people responded beyond our imaginations, providing funds to replace two bridges! With the finances to start, we worked with a local engineer, Johann Zimmerman, who designed a low water vehicular bridge that will dramatically increase the flow of water underneath. Instead of a traditional culvert-style low water bridge, he designed an attractive arched bridge to serve as a centerpiece of camp life. (See drawing below – our existing bridge on top and the proposed new bridge beneath.)
Timing the construction will be tricky; as soon as we demolish the old bridge, we will lose our access to important areas on the other side of the stream. Construction will need to happen relatively quickly once our camping season slows.
Johann also designed a suspension bridge that will take pedestrians across Capon Run at a height above the 100-year flood level. (See drawing below.) This bridge will be located about 25 yards downstream of the Willowbrook bathhouse, and will be very similar to the pedestrian bridge currently located near Creekside Cottage (pictured at the top of the article). To date, we have the finances, the plan, the permits, and the materials all in hand. We recently broke ground and would eagerly welcome help from volunteers with basic construction skills in the next months.