The Providence River Pedestrian Bridge offers a new link between neighborhoods and a place for gathering and play. As many as a thousand people will sit on the bridge amphitheater to watch a concert against the skyline of Providence. The bridge is a flexible, seamless extension of the new riverfront parks. Two twelve-foot wide levels, an upper and lower, ensure safe circulation for bikers, runners, walkers and strollers. Adjacent zones create an overlook and spaces for relaxation and gathering.
The granite piers will host saltwater marsh grasses, becoming the “green feet” of this sustainable structure. On the east bank a sizable spartina wetland will encourage biodiversity and habitat restoration. The structure of the bridge is informed by regional marine fabrication technology. As in a boat hull, a central torsion box and peripheral ribs makes sinuous geometry possible while providing strength and efficiency.