US77 at I-35Bridges & Highways
Creative Design Resolutions (CDR), a design firm owned and operated by Steven Weitzman, was contracted to create an Aesthetic Master Plan for the I-35 Corridor Widening Project for the City of Norman, of which this bridge is a part. The master plan consists of conceptual designs for eight bridges intended to be either newly built or reconstructed. Each design reveals an aspect of the City of Norman’s culture and aesthetics.
US-77 Interchange illustrates Oklahoma Cross Timbers eco-region, which is comprised mostly of prairies, savanna, and light woodland. Aesthetic treatments for this bridge include stylized mixed grasses affecting the wing walls, wrapping around the piers, and also spanning the parapet. Commuters driving toward this bridge will also be able to spot the official state bird, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, flying low above the grass blades represented on the piers and wing walls.