i-40 pedestrian bridge
oklahoma city, oklahoma
This concept links the history of transportation in the State of Oklahoma. The concept focuses on the early covered wagon means of movement to the later use of the railway system and then, finally, to the present day highway system. This proposed concept brings all these elements of transport together at the existing railroad station. The different elements of this bridge design are broken down into three scales and perspectives, first from the air, second from the vehicle, and third from the pedestrian/bike passage.
The idea of the covered wagon is derived from the “land run” in 1889. At that time, it was a very popular means of transport. The arch-shape towers are the portals to the “wagons.” The suspenders which are hung from the main cables represent the bows that are used to support the canvas cover. The main cables would mimic this canvas cover that was used to protect the wagon riders from the elements.
The lighting will be hidden so that the bridge will appear to glow at night. The lighting elements will be concealed within the deck and arch-shaped towers.