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Excellence in Highway Design
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Category 6 - Highway Related Projects

Award of Excellence

Photo: The Grasshopper Bridge


The Grasshopper Bridge

Phoenix, Arizona


Designer:  Cannon & Associates, Phoenix
Artist: Ed Carpenter, Portland Oregon

To ensure that children would use the bridge across a large wash, the city used an artist to develop an innovative, playful design that is integrated into the structural design. Because the children designed templates for desert insects, lizards and animals that were sandblasted and stained onto the concrete deck, the children use the bridge and treat it with respect.

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