Judy Bales with
Stinger Welding, Banicki ConstructionDATE:
2005LOCATION: Maryland Ave & I17
TYPE: BridgeMATERIALS: SteelBUDGET: $435,162DISTRICT: 5ZIP CODE: 85015,
The Maryland Avenue Pedestrian Bridge spans I-17, providing a safe passageway for pedestrian and bicycle traffic between the residential areas on either side. The bridge, which provides a critical connection in the city's bicycle trail system, combines a large triangular truss structure with non-structural weave plates that add fluidity and an inviting sense of motion. The design of the bridge reflects Bales' interest in expressing organic forms through industrial materials. The bridge colors echo the desert trees used to shade the entrance ramps on the neighborhood sides. The abstract designs cast in the bridge's concrete ramp walls were created by Judy Bales and inspired by artworks created in her workshop collaborations with students from Maryland Elementary School and Ocotillo Elementary School. Completed in 2005.