Davenport Rhythm City Skybridge

The glass and steel pedestrian bridge is a destination for residents and visitors to experience the Mississippi riverfront.  The Skybridge quickly became an icon in the Quad Cities. 

Designed to help revitalize the downtown, the Skybridge connects a downtown courtyard adjacent to the historic Redstone Building with Le Claire Park along the Mississippi River.  The structure is a distinctive cable-stayed style bridge, with 99-foot high columns, that spans 575 feet over a parking structure, the heavily trafficked River Drive, and railroad tracks.  The bridge is a part of Davenport’s “River Renaissance” redevelopment project.

Angled glass walls allow unobstructed views to the surrounding city and riverfront.  At night, LED lights create changing colors which penetrate translucent glass panels set into the floor of the walkway, gently illuminating the streetscape below.

The concept of the Skybridge was first introduced by Neumann Monson during a design charrette for the River Drive and Second Street Parking Structures.  The result is much more than a bridge to safely transport pedestrians. It is a destination in itself, a place where people go to experience the city and the river.

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Davenport, Iowa




Holibard & Root, Design Architect