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Iconic Rose Creek Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge over San Diego’s Mission Bay Now Open

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The Rose Creek Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge, designed by T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) has opened to traffic. Under construction for a year, the $2.9M bridge– renamed the Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge after the former Mission Beach-based San Diego City Councilman–was dedicated on April 20, 2012. The project is a major enhancement to the Mission Bay bicycle and pedestrian circulation network, completing the northeast section of the bicycle and pedestrian path circling Mission Bay. This project extends the bike route eastward between Campland and Mission Bay High School, crossing Rose Creek and connecting with North Mission Bay Drive. The new bridge crossing Rose Creek has an overall length of approximately 260’ and a clear width of 14’.

TYLI was retained by the City of San Diego as the prime engineering consultant for planning studies, environmental document preparation, and final design. TYLI led a multi-disciplinary team to address all aspects of the project including bike path design, geotechnical engineering, hydraulics and scour, architecture, landscape architecture, and CEQA and NEPA environmental document preparation and permit processing.

Mission Bay Park is a City of San Diego landmark, tourist destination, and recreational haven. In this highly visible, spectacular setting, the City prioritized bridge aesthetics as a fundamental criterion. The bridge was carefully designed with a single-arched middle span over the creek with two cantilevered end spans acting as counterweight to the long center span, thus making it possible to stretch the entire width of the creek without any intermediate supports.

“The Rose Creek Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge is a signature structure for the City of San Diego, said Joe Tognoli, TYLI Vice President. “The under budget and on time delivery of the project combines cutting edge engineering, a context-sensitive structure, and beautiful architecture – a model for public works project delivery.”