|8/12/2012, Gutierrez Bridge looking west, Tucson, Arizona|
This is without a doubt going to be a cool bridge. When completed, this 320 foot bridge across the Santa Cruz river/wash will provide a shaded east-west connection for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and of course, the new Sun Link electric streetcar.
The pedestrian shade sails have a very nice look to them and are designed not only to provide shade to the walkway, but also to cast various shade patterns onto the sidewalk below -- nice idea!
Each end of the new streetcar bridge has a wide staircase on each side which leads down to the pedestrian/bike paths that run along the banks of the Santa Cruz.
|8/12/2012, Gutierrez Bridge, looking NE toward downtown Tucson, Arizona|
|8/12/2012, Gutierrez Bridge looking east, Tucson, Arizona|
|8/12/2012, Guiterrez Bridge, Tucson, Arizona|
Here you see the ends of two more sails, with different cutouts for unique shadows cast below. I'm not sure since this is still under construction, but it appears that the stairs have a narrow ramp along one side that could be used to easily wheel one's bike up from the bike path(?).
|8/12/2012, SE steps on Gutierrez Bridge|
|8/12/2012, on bike path under Gutierrez Bridge, Tucson, Arizona|
|8/12/2012, looking SE, Gutierrez Bridge, Tucson, Arizona|
|8/12/2012, streetcar rails staged at west end of streetcar route, Tucson, Arizona|
|8/11/2012, looking east down University Blvd from 3rd Ave|
|8/11/2012, old tracks at University Blvd and 4th Ave|
|8/11/2012, completed roadway on 4th Ave between 6th St and University Blvd, looking south|
|8/11/2012, 4th Ave, site for future streetcar stop platform|
|8/11/2012, 4th Ave, Tucson, Arizona|
This crew appeared to be drilling holes to place pillar foundations. I *think* this section west of 4th Ave paralleling the railroad tracks is going to be part of the storage yard for the 8 streetcars when they are not in use.
|8/11/2012, west of 4th Ave & 9th Street|
|8/11/2012, west of 4th Ave and 9th Street|
|8/11/2012, 8th Street west of 4th Ave, Streetcar maintenance building and storage area|
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