Art Deco theme A nine-member Aesthetic Advisory Committee, appointed by the City of Ashland to make design recommendations for the project, recommended an Art Deco theme for the bridges. The new bridges will feature artistic treatments that reflect downtown Ashland’s historic architecture and natural environment. The group found inspiration in design details from the rooftop of the 1925 Ashland Springs Hotel. Tenfoot tall concrete pylons at the ends of the bridges are topped by pointed chevron designs 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 design that can be seen on the hotel’s rooftop facade.
With weather looking favorable, construction has quickened with new retaining walls and bridge supports for the widened structure at the exit 19 north Ashland overpass.
In another nod to downtown Ashland, the light poles on the bridge will provide supports for banners. Light fixtures will be dark-sky compliant to minimize light pollution at night. Both interchanges will be painted a light tan color to match their natural surroundings and new landscaping will be included.
“When the two projects are finished, the Ashland exits are going to look completely different,” Steers said, “The bicycle and pedestrian improvements should really please everyone.” The two construction projects are scheduled for completion by mid2012.
June 3, 2011
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