Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsHarbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge
|Crosses||Harbor Drive in San Diego, California|
|Locale||San Diego, California|
|Design||self-anchored suspension bridge|
|Total length||550 feet (168 m)|
|Width||16 feet (5 m)|
|Longest span||354 feet (108 m)|
|Clearance below||25 feet (8 m)|
|Architect||Safdie Rabines Architects|
|Engineering design by||T.Y. Lin International|
|Opened||March 18, 2011|
The Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge crosses Harbor Drive at Park Boulevard in downtown San Diego, California. It is 550 feet (170 m) long which makes it one of the longest self-anchored pedestrian bridges in the world. The span measures 350 feet (110 m) while the remainder is approaches.
Completed in March 2011, the bridge was built to accommodate pedestrian traffic from the Petco Park baseball stadium crossing to and from parking areas on the other side of Harbor Drive at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel. The bridge crosses over six lanes of traffic, a rail yard and trolley tracks, and connects the convention center with the Gaslamp Quarter and the East Village. It is accessible by stairs and elevators.
The bridge is suspended from a single 131-foot (40 m) tall pylon set into the ground at a 60 degree angle. The unusual, "eyecatching" structure features a curved concrete deck that is suspended only on the deck's inside curve by a single pair of suspension cables. The bridge was constructed using stainless steel and has lighting above and below the deck. It has been described as "a sleek, nautically themed bridge with a very nice view of the city."
The Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge was built by Reyes Construction, Inc. T.Y. Lin International engineered the project, and Safdie Rabines Architects was project architect. It cost $26.8 million and was funded in part by a $6 million grant from the California Transportation Commission.
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