Sammamish Meander, York Bridge Replacement Project - CODAworx

Sammamish Meander, York Bridge Replacement Project

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Client: King County Road Services, Division of Roads and Bridges

Location: Redmond, WA, United States

Completion date: 2006

Artwork budget: $430,000

Project Team

Artist

Cliff Garten

Cliff Garten Studio

Public Art Agency

King County Road Services, Division of Roads and Bridges

Overview

The York Bridge is a 250 foot long vehicle and pedestrian bridge replacing the 116th St. bridge in Redmond, WA.

Goals

The design involved changing the shape of the deck to include cantilevered view points on opposite sides of the bridge. A curving railing system referencing the history of the Sammammish River as a meandering ox-bowed stream, influenced both the inner and outer elevations of the bridge. These changes were expertly designed to integrate with the bridges crash barrier and to satisfy all engineering codes. The Redmond River Walk travels under the bridge, and is an extensively used trail by kayakers, cyclists, joggers and equestrians. In the design the bridge is not seen as a piece of infrastructure imposed on the landscape, but as a part of the landscape and its ecology.

Process

The project was administered thru 4Culture, in coordination with the King County Department of Transportation Road Services Division with Entranco Engineers, DMJM Engineers, and HNTB Corporation. Cliff Garten’s participation as Lead Artist was a key part of this collaboration in determining the look of the bridge.