Tulsa I-244 Pedestrian Bridge: Evolution of a Form
I-244 crosses the Arkansas River in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on the path of historic Route 66. The crossing is being rebuilt with large, multi-modal bridges that include pedestrian paths. This first bridge will have vehicle traffic on its top deck and rails and a pedestrian path underneath. Our task was to create a pedestrian friendly path under the bridge that related back the city and its history.
We started with a series of studies that explored differing levels of enclosure. We decided that the most open felt the most inviting. We then worked with the project engineers to develop the form and structure. The structure is now open on the river side, closed on the rail side, with a graceful curving ceiling to protect from the weather.
The final design is light and open. The curved form is a subtle reference to historic railroad cars updated to fit the site context. The bridge features an art deco inspired design motif that ties the structure back to the city’s history.