In our solution, separate paths for pedestrians and cyclists follow the viaduct’s curved approach up to the crossing, terminating in an infinity edge and a vertical tower. Ascending, one is treated to a long view of the vast prairie horizon – a special treat at sunrise and sunset. Providing a visual connection between the bridge and the tracks, a lower-deck observation platform offers a moment of respite for joggers and serves as a trainspotting destination for a surprising number of enthusiasts – local and tourist.
At the tower’s base, travelers interpret the enormity of the diesel engines from a short distance below the track at grade and are free to continue their trek into the town center via a native-planted nature path, tracing the line of the formerly overhead bridge to a 5-point intersection of the City’s municipal trail system. Sadly (but expectedly), the project was never to be considered. The necessary permissions were obtained, and the remaining sections of the historic viaduct were removed to little fanfare.