US 59 Freeway Bridges

Location: ?Houston, TX
Year Completed: 2000

In collaboration with SWA Group, RdlR Architects, Inc. provided design services to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for the widening of the US-59 Freeway corridor between South Shepherd and the end of Spur 527. The design elements include retaining walls, screen wall, landscape planting, pedestrian paving, signage and lighting. In addition, four new replacement bridges were designed by Rey de la Reza Architects, Inc.

Serving both pedestrian and vehicular traffic, the bridges over US-59 connect neighborhoods on either side of the interstate highway. Designed as part of TxDOT’s aesthetic enhancement program, the bridges serve as “Gateways to Houston.” An unexpected result of the bridge design was the high pedestrian traffic that occurs as neighboring residents stroll from one neighborhood to the next to and from schools, offices, and community activities. Now a community focal point, residents are eager to use the bridges for block-parties and other community events.