Design for New Landmark Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge Chosen
The Palo Alto City Council has chosen a design for a new landmark bicycle and pedestrian bridge spanning Highway 101 at Adobe Creek. Council decided to move forward with the design from California design firms Moffatt & Nichol, Steven Grover & Associates, Lutsko Associates, Jiri Strasky and Mark Thomas and Company. The simple design offers an "undulating form that floats over the Baylands and sweeps over the highway, offering unprecedented views and carrying parts of the Baylands experience into the urban streetscape," according to the design team's description.
The City created the unique six-month competition to solicit visionary design ideas from top architectural and engineering firms for a bridge that represents the identity of Palo Alto and provides connectivity from residential and commercial areas in south Palo Alto to the Baylands Nature Preserve and the regional Bay Trail network of bike trails.
The competition began in late-September and 20 firms from around the world submitted qualifications, along with their design intent and approach, to the City for consideration.