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The Gateway Bridge

Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2022

A 1,440 ft long footbridge over the Arkansas River in Oklahoma will become a new symbol of Tulsa. The connection will allow pedestrians to cross the river safely and memorably to “the Gathering,” an immense park currently planned and designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. As a replacement for a bridge in need of major repair, it will connect the east and the west sides of the river and link to the River Parks Trail and Midland Valley Trail. The bridge is designed for bicyclists and pedestrians and will offer opportunities to enjoy the dramatic river views. To achieve this, additional areas equipped with seating possibilities will be created alongside the pedestrian areas on the bridge deck.
This semi- integral bridge was designed with extremely slender deck-stiffened arches built from 3-1/4" plate of weathering steel. Once completed it will be the longest arch type pedestrian bridge and the first ever built plate arch bridge in the United States. At night, the bridge’s illuminated arches reflecting on the river below will be visible to residents and visitors of the city.

  • Location

    Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • Architect

    Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

  • Cooperation

    Domingo Gonzales Associates (Lighting Designer)

  • Client

    City of Tulsa

  • Contractor

    Crossland Construction Company Inc., Tulsa Oklahoma; Hillsdale Fabricators (Steel contractor), St. Louis

  • Our Scope of Work

    competition, schematic design, design development, construction design, construction administration

  • Total length 1,440 ft (439 m)
  • Bridge deck width 18ft (5.5 m)
    area 25,920 sq ft (2,400 sqm)
    45 ft (13.7 m) above the Arkansas River
  • Deck stiffened arches 120 ft (36 m) long

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