Flint Hills Nature Trail Signature Bridges

Ottawa Bridge

This bridge crosses the Marais des Cygnes River, just west of Ottawa and is the longest bridge span of any of the four signature bridges. The existing bridge structure is a classical truss span in the middle of the river and a long enclosed girder section on the west side. Ottawa’s 2nd Street Dam overlook directly to the south provides dramatic views of the bridge.

The concept for this bridge comes from the name of the river: Marais des Cygnes or “Marsh of Swans.” The design team focused on how swans take off and land in the marsh and, more specifically, on the forms of the wings. We wanted to contrast the strong architecture of the bridge with the softer, organic form of the swan wing and feathers. The railing for the bridge repeats the same swan wing form.

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