Weitzman’s company Creative Form Liner, Inc. was selected by the City of Stockton’s City Council to design and fabricate aesthetic enhancements for this I-5 and French Camp Road Interchange twin bridge, a part of Caltrans $52 million interchange reconstruction project. Creative Form Liners, Inc. partnered with CDR to design architectural enhancements for the bridge’s wing walls, concrete bridge beam, and slope walls, with a 1:5:1 slope. For this gateway bridge that is an entryway to Stockton Metropolitan Airport, CDR found inspiration in the surrounding Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The Delta, one of California’s most important resources, sustains approximately 500 plant and animal species, including Pacific salmon and heron, and is the source for drinking water in the region.
Using the Delta as source material for the designs for their custom form liner patterns, CDR chose to combine representational imagery of flora and fauna on the bridge’s wing walls, heron gracefully flying and standing in a field of marsh grass, and monumentally-scaled swimming salmon, with elegant textured abstract patterns created from looking at the Delta’s topography for the bridge beam and slope walls.