The new Red Hill Creek Bridge is currently being erected just east of Hamilton city centre. Spanning about 220m in length, the bridge will link the valley trail system to the Lake Ontario waterfront by enabling pedestrians to cross over the ecologically sensitive wetland area and the QEW highway.
The bridge deck features a prominent tilted arch that will make it an easily identifiable new landmark for the City of Hamilton. If the bold colour looks familiar - you may be noticing that the Red Hill Creek Bridge is the exact same Fireweed Red as the famed Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. On a more subtle level of design, the railings have been placed in a random picket pattern to evoke the visual character of the wetland below.
In a quest to optimize the visual effect of this unique new structure at all hours of the day or night, full-scale mock-ups are being used to test lighting schemes to find the ideal fit. Pedestrian lookout points placed at various points across the bridge span will be equipped with LED lights integrated directly into the handrails, in addition, accent lighting will illuminate the the most prominent features of the bridge. Look forward to a stroll along the Red Hill Creek Bridge upon its completion in December 2010.—