Providence River Pedestrian Bridge

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The Providence River Pedestrian Bridge provides a new link between neighborhoods and a place for gathering and activity. 

More than a single connector, it is a flexible, seamless extension of the new riverfront parks.

Two twelve-foot wide levels, an upper and lower, ensure safe circulation for bikers, runners, walkers and strollers. Amphitheater seating connects the two pathway zones and makes a city-scaled porch of reclaimed hardwood.

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The structure of the bridge is informed by regional marine fabrication technology. As in a boat hull, a central torsion box and peripheral ribs make sinuous geometry possible, while providing strength and efficiency.

Our approach to the Providence bridge lighting offers safe passage for pedestrians and fulfills a signature role in the landscape. At night, the bridge will evoke an animated landscape through use of tiny luminous diodes. 

The firefly, the joyful discovery of small lights on the water, and the network of new connections will enhance the vibrancy of Providence’s public realm.


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Left: Looking West towards Downcity overlooking the Amphitheater from the upper path.

Right: Looking East towards College Hill from the lower path.

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Looking South at Firefly Crossing at night

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Looking North Towards Downtown Providence from the River

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Looking East at the bridge at night.


Greater City Providence announces the competition finalists. See all of the designs here.



Buro Happold (Engineering)

LSLP (Lighting Design)

Ron Henderson LA (Landscape Architecture)

EDesignDynamics (Landscape and Environmental Design)

James Lima HRA (Planning Consultant)