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Rio del Rey Bridge

202 South Mountain Freeway, Rio del Rey


"Rio del Rey Pedestrian Bridge” completed in 2021, Phoenix, AZ., provides passage over a major freeway separating children from their schools. The bridge responds in a collaboration of sunlight, lighting, color and material to distract from the long passage. Span enclosure is total, composed of perforated, staggered-pattern panels, providing safety, shade, complete exterior views and airflow. Tilted, alternating polycarbonate panels above cast shards of color over the patterned interior. In daylight, the bridge provides a constant, riotous performance that is both ocean and hourly marker with its collaborator, the sun. At night, blue filters, bathe the interior in deep, quiet drama - the bridge sleeps.

The “Z” alignment of the steel truss bridge is formed by two ramps connecting the 425’ span, 18’ above the freeway, 12’ W. Interior clearance is 10’. 


Collaboration: Keith Crawford, Architect; Don Happ, DH Lighting Solutions, Lighting Designer; Greg Brockman, Magnum Companies, Fabricator; Stinger Bridge & Iron, Fabricator

Commission: City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture Public Art Program; Street Transportation Dept; Percent-for-Art funds; Street Transportation Capital

Photography: Aaron Rothman / ARBR Photo; Craig Smith

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