Complete steel box bike and pedestrian bridge over Los Angeles River

Complete steel box bike and pedestrian bridge over Los Angeles River,

The Los Angeles architecture firm (SPF:a), has completed a bike and pedestrian bridge with orange steel boxes that connect the two areas on the Los Angeles River.

 

Complete steel box bike and pedestrian bridge over Los Angeles River

 

Design Features

The design is a 400-foot (3,716 m) bike and pedestrian bridge that spans the Los Angeles River and connects Elysian Valley to Cypress Park via the Taylor Yard G-2 site.

A 42-acre industrial and former railyard portion of the city’s river revitalization plans, it was named Taylor Yard Bridge.

The bridge bears a playful nickname, “Rumblefish” and takes cues for a bold orange from the 1983 Francis Ford Coppola movie.

Engineers created orange-framed steel boxes and led the path through the structure, revealing the movement of people.

Taylor Yard Bridge acknowledges this past in its general language, offering a mid-range meeting place with cantilevered display decks.

It is slightly offset as in a handshake or dance, allowing passersby with north and south views to highlight the natural bend and flow of the river at this location.

The bridge also features display surfaces designed to accommodate small gatherings, community events and exhibitions, which can also provide a venue for peaceful community confrontation and solidarity.

 

Complete steel box bike and pedestrian bridge over Los Angeles River
Complete steel box bike and pedestrian bridge over Los Angeles River

 

Design shape

The bridge structure is designed in a simple design, using a perfectly level box truss from east to west.

The bridge’s shape is inspired by the area’s industrial past,

emerging as a modern interpretation of railroad bridges that once crossed the river, and architecture in mid-20th century Los Angeles.

The path is intentionally designed to appear “floating” within the square truss,

as it slopes down to meet the different heights of the banks on both sides of the river.

The track is a figurative extension of the city, where its roads, trails,

and bikes are gently suspended inside the truss, where the truss is located to simply hold the track in place.

 

Complete steel box bike and pedestrian bridge over Los Angeles River

 

Design materials

The bridge uses the lightest and most efficient structural elements, such as a steel tube, a wide flange, and steel rails.

HSS steel members form rectangular slots, and the frame’s buttress is achieved by providing tension bars extending diagonally in vertical planes.

This hybrid tire has rigid hinges capable of transmitting and resisting bending moments,

and the diameters operate only in tension.

The bridge also utilizes a redundant system (breaking critical members),

which enables the structure to carry loads if one or more components fail.

Complete steel box bike and pedestrian bridge over Los Angeles River

The use of this hybrid model also allows the bridge’s helicopters to remain virtually unobstructed,

and provides an open view of the LA River along the bridge’s path.

The structural elements were also configured so that larger portions of the bridge

could be assembled into an adjacent yard and construction work within the river bed could be reduced.

The opening of the Taylor Yard Bridge is a milestone in our work to give Angelenos more access to this famous waterway.

In addition to new places to walk, cycle and enjoy the green spaces safely,

it also provides year-round public access to the river.

The bridge advances Mayor Garcetti’s goal of ensuring that at least 65% of Angelenos will live within half a mile of a park or open space by 2025.

 

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