The University Place Pedestrian Bridge forms a direct connection for pedestrians between Washington State University's Spokane campus and the emerging South University neighborhood, crossing an arterial and BNSF railroad tracks. Knitting together these two urban communities, which have different characters and histories, spurs much-needed economic growth on the south side of the tracks and links the university with housing and retail opportunities.
The high visibility of the bridge from surrounding neighborhoods presents the opportunity to create a community landmark and symbol of urban revitalization. Through stakeholder and community meetings, a cable-stay bridge design was selected, forming a dramatic tower arch and allowing the most open air pedestrian experience. The deck of the suspension bridge is supported by cables which hang from the 120’ tall arch.