Palo Alto Pedestrian Bridge Over Highway 101

By : Dennis Franklin | 14 Jan 2015 1:31 pm | Bridges

The Palo Alto Pedestrian Bridge passes over the 14-lane Highway 101 at Adobe Creek and offers a “Confluence” project that wants to connect the residential and commercial areas at the southern region of Palo Alto to the Baylands Nature Preserve and to the Bay Trail regional network.

The project was created through a collaboration between the 64 North architectural practice, HNTB Engineering, Bionic Landscape Architecture and the sculptor Ned Kahn for the City of Palo Alto and the imposing structure they created is a bicycle and pedestrian bridge that maximizes the view while also offering a “cathedral-like space” that is supported by a large array of cables.

The pathway is split for pedestrians and cyclists and aside from the passage it also includes amenities such as a bicycle repair area and a bird watching zone at the Baylands gateway. The project was chosen after an international design competition and a six-month selection process organized by the AIA’s California Council.


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