ODOT Moving Ahead - June 2009

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Downtown Ashland inspires vision for I-5 bridge designs The Aesthetic Advisory Committee unveiled proposed designs for the Interstate 5 bridges at exits 14 and 19 at two Ashland open houses on May 28.

develop an aesthetic vision that will serve as Southern Oregon’s gateway for many years to come.”

The committee, appointed by the City of Ashland to make design recommendations for the project, has met since the beginning of the year.

The group considered a variety of bridge design themes before settling on a contemporary Art Deco theme for the bridges, scheduled for construction in the Summer of 2010. Special attention was focused on exit 14 (Green Springs Highway), which is a northbound gateway to Ashland and Oregon.

“The public’s response was very positive,” said ODOT Project Information Specialist Gary Leaming. “People expressed their appreciation for the committee’s hard work.” Members of the advisory committee have enjoyed the process of choosing a design theme for the bridges. “It has been a terrific experience,” said Jennifer Longshore, who represents the Ashland Public Arts Commission. “Coming to the table and collaborating with the project team allowed our committee to

John Rinaldi, Jr., chairman of the Ashland Tree Commission, agreed. “Together we worked collaboratively to arrive at project design elements that we feel typify the unique character of our community and the surrounding landscape.” The proposed new designs will feature artistic treatments that reflect architecture from Ashland’s renowned historic downtown. At their April meeting the Aesthetic Advisory Committee recommended an Art Deco theme for the bridges, with additional detailing drawn from the historic 1925 Ashland Springs Hotel. The group found inspiration in design details from the rooftop of the Ashland Springs Hotel. Ten-foot tall concrete pylons at the ends of the bridges are topped by pointed shapes also found on the hotel’s parapets. The shape also is featured on the supports for the light poles. The pedestrian fencing with a rust-colored powder coating features a central arch that was taken right from the hotel’s rooftop façade. continued on page 9

Design details from the rooftop of the Ashland Springs Hotel are featured on the Exit 14 bridge. The pedestrian fencing will feature a central arch modeled after the hotel’s rooftop façade. Concrete pylons at the ends of the bridges will be topped by shapes found on the hotel’s parapets.

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