The Doherty Bridge is one of three sister bridges that MacDonald Architects is designing in collaboration with bridge engineers and the City of Larkspur, California, the other two being the Alexander Bridge and the Bon Air Bridge.
The forms that MacDonald Architects designed for the deck rails pick up the shapes of the adjacent hills. The details of the handrail pickets use grass-like patterns to represent the surrounding grasslands in the environment around the bridge, similar to the Bon Air Bridge. The pylons at each end of the bridge act as a striking gateway to the town as the Doherty Bridge is one of two main entries to Larkspur.
This final design is the result of five public hearings that were held throughout the design process. The large amount of public input and support will make this bridge a truly communal effort.