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Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge

San Diego, California

Market Sector




Services Provided

Construction Phase Services, Design, Environmental, Planning, Seismic Analysis and Design


Photo Credit: Tom Paiva Photography
Photo Credit: Tom Paiva Photography
Photo Credit: Tom Paiva Photography
Photo Credit: Tom Paiva Photography
Photo Credit: Tom Paiva Photography

The Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge (also known as the Rose Creek Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge) is a 0.35-mile segment of Class I bikeway linking an existing bicycle facility along San Diego’s Pacific Beach Drive and a Class I bikeway that starts at North Mission Bay Drive. Located in a highly-visible setting, the 360-foot-long bridge has a remarkable 260-foot clear span across Rose Creek.

Project Highlights:

  • The bridge is one of the longest single, clear span pedestrian bridges of its type in the U.S.
  • High-strength prestressing tendons were used in place of rebar.
  • During construction, special Best Management Practices (BMPs) were implemented in compliance with Coastal Act requirements for biological productivity of the natural habitat.

T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) led a multi-disciplinary team for the project — from initial planning and concept studies, aesthetic design, preparation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents and permit processing through final design, Plans, Specifications, and Estimates (PS&E) preparation, and construction support services.

The distinctive long-span, cast-in-place prestressed concrete bridge provides the City of San Diego with a signature structure perfectly suited to its surroundings. For cyclists and pedestrians, the long-awaited bridge fills a gap in the existing regional bicycle network and provides safe, convenient access from beach communities to the west to the residential and business districts to the north, east, and south.

To address aesthetic options and other important criteria, such as resource agency requirements, constructability, cost, and long-term maintenance, TYLI prepared a concept study report that represented a full spectrum of possible bridge configurations and structure types.

As recommended by TYLI, the City of San Diego selected a sweeping, dramatic structure with an exceptional clear span. The cantilevered end spans, buried in the approach embankments, act as counterweights to the long center span. TYLI’s innovative design allows the $2.9 million structure to stretch across the entire width of the creek without intermediate support, resulting in no permanent impacts to the surrounding wetlands, native plants, or animal species.

National Recognition Award, 2013
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
Honor Award, 2013
American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC-CA)
Golden Footprint Award, Urban Connectivity, 2013
Outstanding Project Award, 2013
American Public Works Association (APWA), San Diego Chapter
Outstanding Award, Bridge, 2013
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), San Diego Section
Transportation Award, 2013
American Concrete Institute (ACI), San Diego Chapter
Bridge Project Award, 2013
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Region 9