Client: King County Road Services, Division of Roads and Bridges
Location: Redmond, WA, United States
Completion date: 2006
Artwork budget: $430,000
Cliff Garten Studio
Public Art Agency
King County Road Services, Division of Roads and Bridges
The York Bridge is a 250 foot long vehicle and pedestrian bridge replacing the 116th St. bridge in Redmond, WA.
The design involved changing the shape of the deck to include cantilevered view points on opposite sides of the bridge. A curving railing system referencing the history of the Sammammish River as a meandering ox-bowed stream, influenced both the inner and outer elevations of the bridge. These changes were expertly designed to integrate with the bridges crash barrier and to satisfy all engineering codes. The Redmond River Walk travels under the bridge, and is an extensively used trail by kayakers, cyclists, joggers and equestrians. In the design the bridge is not seen as a piece of infrastructure imposed on the landscape, but as a part of the landscape and its ecology.
The project was administered thru 4Culture, in coordination with the King County Department of Transportation Road Services Division with Entranco Engineers, DMJM Engineers, and HNTB Corporation. Cliff Garten’s participation as Lead Artist was a key part of this collaboration in determining the look of the bridge.