Signature bridge connects a divided park
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DETAILS

LocationHouston, Texas United States
ClientAIA Engineers, Ltd.
Size480 ft long x 12 ft wide

Prior to construction of this Brays Bayou feature, road and rail infrastructure had conspired with the waterway to sever connectivity between parks and surrounding neighborhoods. The Mason Park Pedestrian Bridge, part of a larger effort including trails, seating plazas, lighting, and planting, connects the north and south parts of the City of Houston’s Mason Park. The bridge provides important pedestrian connectivity between the two park areas, as well as a return crossing for cyclists using the lower Brays Bayou trail system. Essentially, the bridge allows cyclists to ride down one side of the bayou and back up the other.

This signature bridge is a cable-stayed, truss-decked structure designed in three spans to accommodate the width of the bayou. Despite several design and planning constraints, the bridge is integrated seamlessly into existing park features and plantings.

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