|Location:||Millenium Park; The Loop|
|Structure Type:||Girder Bridge|
|Deck Width:||20 Feet|
The bridge was a response to build a new bandshell within Millennium Park and to connect it to additional park space across Columbus Drive. Frank Gehry was hired to design the bandshell and the pedestrian link; his first bridge design commission. The first concept was a simple straight bridge that was only a fifth the total length the bridge would eventually become. In an effort to increase the design quality and to be fully compliant with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the design was eventually modified into the current 925 foot length which has a consistent gradient below 5%. The final design is equally inclusive of all users including those with disabilities.
The primary cladding of the bridge is 22 gauge stainless steel paneling that was custom manufactured and fitted in the field. The bridge deck itself is made from Brazilian hardwood that is resistant to rotting and creates a comfortable walking surface.
If You Go:
The BP pedestrian bridge spans South Columbus Drive and provides a key pedestrian link between Millennium Park and the Daley Bicentennial Plaza. It is well worth the walk to experience the bridge and to check out the great views of Grant Park and the lakefront.
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