• Liberty Bridge Greenville
    © Jürgen Schmidt

Liberty Bridge Greenville

Greenville, South Carolina, USA, 2004

This curved pedestrian bridge over the Reedy River in Greenville, South Carolina, is supported by a single suspension cable at the outer edge of the bridge. Two inclined and tapered tubular steel masts, each 200’ (approx. 61 m) apart and stabilized with single sloped back stays, support the main cable. A circumferential steel truss below the outer edge of the 7” (approx. 18 cm) deep concrete deck provides the necessary stiffness. The torsion in the deck created by the one-sided support is balanced by a series of pre-stressed ring cables below the deck. The resulting axial compression in the deck combines with the axial tension in the ring cables to balance the deck torsion. With no visible means of support to the inner side of the deck, the bridge appears to float over the landscape.

  • Location

    Greenville, South Carolina, USA

  • Architect

    Miguel Rosales, Rosales + Partners, Boston

  • Awards

    Footbridge Awards 2005, Arthur G. Heyden Medal 2005, OCEA Award of Merit 2006, Waterfront Center Excellence 2008 Annual Honor Award

  • Client

    City of Greenville

  • Our Scope of Work

    conceptual design, construction design

  • Total length 116 m (380 ft)
  • Ring cable 3 fully locked, ø 80 mm (3.1 in)
  • Bridge width 3.70 m (12 ft)
  • Total height superstructure 1.30 m (4.3 ft)
  • Liberty Bridge Greenville © Jürgen Schmidt
  • Liberty Bridge Greenville © Jürgen Schmidt
  • Liberty Bridge Greenville © Jürgen Schmidt

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