Lake Hodges Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge

Escondido, CA

This is the world’s longest stress ribbon bridge. Only six other examples exist in North America and fewer than 50 worldwide. A stress ribbon bridge is essentially a suspension bridge with bearing cables embedded within the concrete deck. The bridge is 990 feet between abutments, with three equal spans and a 16-inch-thick deck. Commissioned by the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, the bridge connects two separate portions of an existing trail system that crosses a protected habitat. The stress ribbon design was selected due to its thin profile and the need for only two concrete piers. The design also provides a highly dramatic and graceful bridge. During rainy seasons the bridge appears to float on the lake, while during periods of drought, it is nestled within the landscape.

Completed in collaboration with T.Y. Lin International

Client: San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority
Completion: 2009
Size: 990' long
  • American Concrete Institute, San Diego Chapter
  • San Diego Architectural Foundation
  • American Society of Civil Engineer
  • National Council of Structural Engineers Associations
  • ENR’s Best of the Best Projects
  • PCI Concrete Institute