The American Public Works Association (APWA) has awarded the Cape Horn Pedestrian Undercrossing project the “Project of the Year” award for structures less than $5 million in cost. This Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) project, located on SR 14 at the west end of the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, provides two safe pedestrian tunnel crossings for trail users of U.S. Forest Service Cape Horn Trail. GreenWorks, working with Wallis Engineering (civil engineering) and Kramer Gehlen & Associates (structural engineering), provided stone masonry design for the entrance facades of each of the tunnels. The stone used is indigenous to the area and in accord with the natural surroundings. The stone and stone masonry pattern used was given careful consideration to provide consistency with other historic examples of stone masonry construction in the Gorge Scenic Area. In addition, GreenWorks provided vegetation restoration enhancements at the tunnel entrances using native plants.
The Washington Trails Association has stated that the Cape Horn Trail is about to become one of the prized jewels of the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. GreenWorks was honored to be a part of this project which will serve outdoor enthusiasts of the region for generations to come.
For more information on this award and the project, visit the APWA Reporter.
Also, you can enter ‘Cape Horn’ into the search function of our blog to find past Cape Horn Project entries which chronicle the construction.