Gallery: Bagley Pedestrian Bridge in Detroit Provides Safe Access to Ca...

The I-96 and I-75 interchanges cut a huge rift through southwestern Detroit in an area known as 'Mexican Town', but now a newly built pedestrian bridge is re-unifying the community and providing safe access across the highways. The Bagley Pedestrian Bridge, designed by inFORM studio, is part of a larger scheme to improve vehicular and pedestrian traffic at the US/Canadian border in Detroit. With a large mast-like tower held in place by steel cables, the bridge is a landmark for the area that literally and symbolically bridges the gap in the community. LED lighting illuminates the concrete bridge at night and new public spaces provide places for leisure and recreation.

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  1. dfs February 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Not sure what the UAW has to do with anything here. As the story above notes, the bridge connects two parts of Mexicantown along Bagley–it also creates the preferred pedestrian and bike route from the increasigly dynamic Corktown neighborhood to the east with the dense and growing neighborhoods of Southwest Detroit. The bridge is widely regarded as both beautiful and functional. The public art and lighting scheme add a lot to the design.

  2. D Balcom October 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    This is no Santiago Calatrava, thank god. But even still, the inspiration is lacking and flat. Was this approved by the UAW? Because it seems to have nothing beneficial to do with the economy in Detroit or addressing the elephant in the room. Instead, is the attempt to distract with poor planning and uninspired design? Sorry to be scathing, but as someone who is from Detroit and hates to see what is happening there, this is the atypical “Bridge to nowhere” in the sense that it does nothing but create another eyesore.

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