Lake Hodges Pedestrian Suspension Bridge – Escondido, CA
Opened in May 2009, this stressed ribbon style bridge is 990 feet long and 12 feet wide. The bridge was designed by T.Y. Lin International. The advantages of the stressed ribbon style bridge are that it will enable a long span (330 feet) between piers, so that there will only be two piers in the lake; and it will have a narrow profile, only 16 inches deep. There are only 4 stressed ribbon style bridges in the western hemisphere. When the Lake Hodges Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge is completed, it will be the longest stressed ribbon bridge in the world.
The official name of the bridge is the “David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge” in honor of David Kreitzer, long-time park supporter, volunteer and 21-year County planning commissioner.
The bridge includes gates that will automatically lock people out between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The south entrance to the bridge is just off Pomerado Road at I-15, and the north entrance is at the end of a mile-long paved path that begins near Sunset Drive and Via Rancho Parkway.
North Side Parking:
Go to the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead and park in the lot there for the Farmers’ Market (the market and Farmstead are only open on Sundays). There is a paved path that goes under the I-15 freeway to the bridge.
Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead
12655 Sunset Dr, Escondido, CA 92025
Take Via Rancho Parkway exit, go east toward Westfield North County Mall… Sikes Adobe is on the right (south side) across from the Mall.
U-T San Diego article, May 2009:
David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge
2009 Be Inspired Award Finalist – Innovation in Bridges