Oklahoma City’s landmark bridge, Oklahoma City SkyDance Bridge, is a 380-foot-long pedestrian bridge and 197- foot-tall sculpture that spans Interstate 40 near Robinson Avenue south of downtown.
The bridge’s soaring architecture was inspired by Oklahoma’s state bird, the scissor-tailed flycatcher. The bridge is located on Harvey Avenue between SW 7th and SW 10th.
It can be accessed from either downtown exit at Western Avenue or Robinson/Shields Avenue. From the Western Avenue exit, head east on SW 5th Street to Harvey Avenue and then south to SW 7th Street. There is on street metered parking at SW 7th Street and Harvey Avenue. From Robinson/Shields Avenue exit, head south to SW 10th Street, then head west to Harvey Avenue. There is also on street parking at this location.
The bridge is located at the heart of the future MAPS 3 downtown park, which is expected to begin construction in 2013.
The bridge is illuminated nightly with LED lights to welcome visitors to downtown. The color of light can be changed remotely, depending on the event or holiday. A lighting policy guides the lighting of the bridge.
Planning for SkyDance Bridge began in 2008 when Mayor Cornett announced a competition to design a pedestrian bridge of “iconic status that reflect the cosmopolitan and vibrant qualities of Oklahoma City and serve as a symbol for the City.” The bridge opened four years later on April 23, 2012.
The bridge design and structural engineering was performed locally by S-X-L. Civil engineering was performed by MKEC engineering. SXL and MKEC engineering won a national competition for the project in 2008. SXL is a collaboration of architects, engineers, university professors and designers that include Laurent Massenat, Professor Hans Butzer, Professor Stan Carroll, Ken Fitzsimmons, Professor Chris Ramseyer, David Wanzer, Jeremy Gardner, and Brett Johnson.
Manhattan Road and Bridge was the general contractor. W&W Steel and Swanda Brothers fabricated the feathers.
Oklahoma City SkyDance Bridge was built prior to development of the MAPS 3 downtown park to avoid disrupting traffic once the new Interstate 40 opens.
Total cost for the pedestrian bridge is $5.8 million; $3.5 million came from ODOT funds and $2.3 million came from the 2000 and 2007 General Obligation Bond Authorizations.
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