As a thriving residential and business community with a fast-growing population, the City of Lone Tree, Colorado needed a pedestrian bridge to create an accessible, safe passage for pedestrians, and a landmark for the community.
The Lone Tree Pedestrian Bridge provides a vital link in Lone Tree. Children, walkers, joggers, and bicyclists no longer have to avoid Lincoln Avenue’s 90,000 cars a day. Spanning 170 feet in length, this essential connection between the north and south areas of Lone Tree unites open parkland, businesses, schools, and residential communities.
Use of parametric technology created an iconic design within the client’s budget. This innovative solution maintained a uniform diameter, reducing costs while developing a unique form. The main pylon is inspired by the City’s leaf emblem. The design focuses on the sensitivities of the cable and pylon geometry to harmonize steel’s efficiency with an artistic form. Soaring 100 feet above Lincoln Avenue, the main pylon creates a landmark across the City’s skyline.
Universal design is interlaced in the bridge’s design, creating an accessible crossing for the whole community. Stainless steel mesh on the sides of the bridge and an ETFE roof protect bridge users from severe weather, and lit gently at night to improve walkway visibility and safety; ramps on each end of the bridge facilitate multimodal access. Located in the heart of the community, the pedestrian bridge is a symbol of Lone Tree that stands as a model for the City’s future: an accessible city with improved connection and safety.
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