Footbridge was developed by a team of 3 students as part of a Bridge Design class. Focusing on Phase 3 of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail Development Project, Footbridge connects the Ithaca Farmer’s Market with Cass Park in downtown Ithaca, New York.
In order to be an economically feasible footbridge while spanning almost 300 feet and allowing the passage of 40-50 foot tall sailboats, Footbridge utilizes a floating pontoon structure and a telescoping mechanism to open and close.
Subtlety was the primary design concern, as it was important for Footbridge to remain a design that could be accepted by the community in Ithaca, New York. This was achieved through the unassuming pontoon structure and aesthetic derived from local docks surrounding the site. When open to allow the passage of boats, Footbridge appears to be two unconnected docks, and also functions as a spectator area for the crew racing finish line located just upstream.
In section, Footbridge creates separate areas for walking and relaxing, and allows access along its length to the water for fishing and other waterfront activities.
Professor M. Cruvellier
Collaborators: Andrea Onorato, Melanie Weismiller