Up Next: Lafayette Bridge Renovation?

Lafayette Bridge Renovation

A few days back I was browsing through project portfolios on local design group sites when I stumbled upon something interesting.  According to the description it’s a conceptual plan for the renovation of the Lafayette Bridge (between Headwaters Park & Three Rivers Apartments.  Now the city has mentioned it’s desire to rehab this bridge before, but this is the only visual representation I’ve come across.  What I really appreciate about MKM’s vision is how the bridge seems to flow with the river, the landscape  as well as the street without creating to much “visual commotion”.  It has a very natural and organic vibe to it.  What’s obvious is the city’s request to the designers that they create something not only visually appealing but that also ties recreational uses with the greenway as well as the river to the road.  I was impressed with the MLK bridge, and I like how this doesn’t seem to compete with it.  Again this is only conceptual, so it’s very likely we could end up with something else entirely, but I have give an A for effort to MKM.  What do you think Fort Wayne?


VERBATIM: Lafayette Bridge

MKM was asked to envision how the renovation of the existing Samuel Bigger Memorial Bridge (along Lafayette Boulevard) in downtown Fort Wayne could transform the pedestrian connection to the River Greenway trail system below. Inspired by the idea of an interactive “pier,” the proposed design focused on the relationship between engagement and movement. Sketches were produced to explore an experience that acknowledged the specific patterns people use to engage the world around them – stop, go, fast, play, pause. The intent was to create a civic space that embraced multiple modes of movement (e.g., car, bicycle, walker, kayak) while offering an opportunity to engage people of all ages and abilities.


mkmdesign.com [Morrison Kattman Menze Design]


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Categories: Beautification, Goverment, River Greenway, Riverfront Development, Sports, Transit

3 Comments on “Up Next: Lafayette Bridge Renovation?”

  1. August 22, 2013 at 7:32 PM #

    Is the city bidding on this project? I’m wondering who else has drafted up plans and what they might look like.

  2. August 22, 2013 at 2:28 PM #

    I love this idea, of separating the bike/foot traffic from the car traffic! I live a quick bike ride over that bridge from downtown, and this would make it a lot easier to cross. A+, MKM.

  3. Karen W
    August 22, 2013 at 2:13 PM #

    It’s about time the city fix up the land between downtown and the old forts. It’s a shame that we more or less don’t celebrate our city’s namesake.

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