21st Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Vanderbilt University

In 1979 Vanderbilt acquired the historic Peabody College. The busy 21st Avenue divided the two campuses and caused a number of safety concerns due to the heightened foot traffic across the busy corridor.

There are three novel features to this project. First, a modified bow truss design was chosen as the main span to act as a signature landmark that identifies the heart of the institutions. The use of brick and cut stone masonry compliment the steel bridge construction that forms a harmony among the varying architectural styles on the campus. Second, the design team was able to incorporate traffic signals, sight lighting, and pedestrian illumination into the actual bridge design. Third, the brick and cast stone piers anchor the main span that defines the structure as a gateway.

The successful structure has been replicated at other busy 21st Avenue crossing locations.

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