REPURPOSING
INFRASTRUCTURE
FOR REVITALIZATION

PROVIDENCE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE

Providence, RI

The new Providence River Pedestrian Bridge reworks abandoned freeway infrastructure (I-195) to connect five prominent neighborhoods and institutions within the city. Acting as a pedestrian center, the bridge not only performs as a practical connector between all regions, but also offers multiple programmatic interventions to encourage community connection and social engagement among city residents. The project captures a potential much larger than that of a pure connector. It leverages integrated program elements to serve as a mediator between urban and ecological spaces, allowing east and west to become a singular public space.

In addition to establishing a visual symbol of renewal, the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge also provides access to over 40 acres of prime waterfront real estate that was freed up when interstate I-195 was relocated. So while the history of the area will remain embedded in the bridge’s foundations, this new gateway will connect the site to the rest of the city, giving it a new lease of life for future generations.

CLIENT
City of Providence, RIDOT
SIZE
15,170 sf
STATUS
Complete
YEAR
2019
TYPOLOGY
Infrastructure
CONSTRUCTION
New Construction

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235 E Main Street, Suite 102b, Northville, MI 48167 / p 248 449 3564

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