Thursday, July 24, 2008
Why does Madison's East Side have all the cool bridges?
I've fallen in love with another new Madison bridge -- the Starkweather Creek Bike Path Bridge over East Washington Avenue at Marquette Street. I had driven under it a couple times on the way to Milwaukee but hadn't really noticed it. Like a lot of bike and pedestrian overpasses, it doesn't readily show its best features to cars speeding underneath. But today I had an opportunity to get out of the car and walk across the bridge. It's a beauty.
The bridge is a bit more than a mile east of the East Washington Avenue Bridge over the Yahara River. It shares many of the Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced, Prairie Style design elements of the latter and was designed by the same firm, the Milwaukee office of HNTB Corporation. But the feel is different. The Yahara bridge carries a major traffic artery. The Starkweather Creek Bike Path only carries pedestrians and two-wheeled vehicles, so it's much lighter and airier. Next time you're in that part of town, check it out.