High Trestle Bridge – Integrated Artwork

The High Trestle Trail Bridge Artwork – an example of RDG’s collaborative design process.

The High Trestle Bridge, located along the High Trestle Trail between Woodward and Madrid, Iowa is nearing completion. Soon opening to the public, the bridge spans the Des Moines River Valley and serves as a link in the 25 miles of paved High Trestle Trail. Upon completion, the High Trestle Trail and Bridge will link to more than 600 miles of trail systems throughout Central Iowa.
The “Grand Celebration” of the much anticipated High Trestle Bridge is scheduled for Saturday April 30, 2011. It will be hosted by the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) and the five communities connected by the High Trestle Trail – Ankeny, Sheldahl, Slater, Woodward and Madrid. Starting at 10:00 am visitors can cross the new bridge which, standing at 13 stories tall, is estimated to be the fifth largest pedestrian bridge in the country. Spanning one half-mile across the Des Moines River Valley, it is complemented by unique artistic features that reflect the rich history of the area and offers one of the most spectacular views in all of Iowa.
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RDG Planning & Design was part of the multi-disciplinary design team responsible for the bridge’s completion. The team is comprised of Iowa based organizations, including Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and its partners, the Iowa Department of Transportation, Polk County Conservation Board, Snyder & Associates, Shuck-Briston, and several other talented contractors and subcontractors. Funding for the project came from the local communities, private donations, non-profit organizations and grants, including Vision Iowa.
Artist, David Dahlquist of the RDG Dahlquist Art Studio, with colleagues from RDG Planning & Design, was responsible for creating the early concepts and interpretive artist aspects of the bridge. In total, six interdisciplinary teams at RDG participated in the project including the art studio, landscape architecture, urban design, multimedia, engineering and lighting. According to Don Scandrett, RDG Architect and project manager for the artistic elements on the High Trestle Bridge, “Teamwork was the key to this project – from the initial planning and design phases to the final installation of the artwork.” He said, “We worked hard to complete this project and now we can enjoy the benefits. Our team will be out with everyone else celebrating the bridge opening with our own RDG bike ride that day.”
For more on the artwork – view the website http://rdgusa.com/high_trestle_trail/latest_news
For a full listing of the activities planned for the Grand Celebration on April 30, 2011 http://www.inhf.org/trails/high_trestle_trail/hightrestletrail-celebration_overview.htm

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