Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge

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Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge
Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge.JPG
Coordinates32°42′18″N 117°09′25″W / 32.7050°N 117.1570°W / 32.7050; -117.1570Coordinates: 32°42′18″N 117°09′25″W / 32.7050°N 117.1570°W / 32.7050; -117.1570
CarriesPedestrian Traffic
CrossesHarbor Drive in San Diego, California
LocaleSan Diego, California
Designself-anchored suspension bridge
Total length550 feet (168 m)
Width16 feet (5 m)
Longest span354 feet (108 m)[1]
Clearance below25 feet (8 m)
ArchitectSafdie Rabines Architects
Engineering design byT.Y. Lin International
OpenedMarch 18, 2011

The Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge crosses Harbor Drive at Park Boulevard in downtown San Diego, California. It is 550 feet (170 m) long which makes it one of the longest self-anchored pedestrian bridges in the world.[2] The span measures 350 feet (110 m) while the remainder is approaches.[3]

Completed in March 2011, the bridge was built to accommodate pedestrian traffic from the Petco Park baseball stadium crossing to and from parking areas on the other side of Harbor Drive at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel.[4] The bridge crosses over six lanes of traffic, a rail yard and trolley tracks, and connects the convention center with the Gaslamp Quarter and the East Village. It is accessible by stairs and elevators.

The bridge is suspended from a single 131-foot (40 m) tall pylon set into the ground at a 60 degree angle. The unusual, "eyecatching" structure [5] features a curved concrete deck that is suspended only on the deck's inside curve by a single pair of suspension cables. The bridge was constructed using stainless steel and has lighting above and below the deck. It has been described as "a sleek, nautically themed bridge with a very nice view of the city."[2]

The Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge was built by Reyes Construction, Inc. T.Y. Lin International engineered the project, and Safdie Rabines Architects was project architect. It cost $26.8 million[2] and was funded in part by a $6 million grant from the California Transportation Commission.[6]


  1. ^ "Now Open: Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge in San Diego's East Village Ballpark District Project" (Press release). Business Wire. March 29, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
  2. ^ a b c "Karla Peterson: Pedestrian bridge is worth the walk", San Diego Union-Tribune, April 2, 2011
  3. ^ Measured using Google Earth
  4. ^ "Centre City Development Corporation page about the Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge". Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
  5. ^ "Hilton won't help foot bill for pedestrian bridge", San Diego Union-Tribune, February 14, 2008
  6. ^ "City gets grant for pedestrian bridge", San Diego Union Tribune, September 4, 2008