With winter weather threatening the metro area Monday, engineers could get their first look at how ice and snow affect the striking new SkyDance Bridge.
Spanning the new I-40 Crosstown, the pedestrian bridge is expected to open in late April.
Designed to connect the north and south sections of the planned MAPS 3 downtown park, the $5.8 million sculpture and bridge are meant to serve as a landmark for passing motorists.
And if winter weather strikes, Oklahoma City Public Works Director Eric Wenger says it won't be a big deal.
“We'll treat like we do any other bridge we maintain,” Wenger said. “If we find that we are needing to remove snow or ice, we can do that. Or, in most cases like this, we'll just close the bridge.”
Ready for ice
Not that it would be necessary for minor snow or ice storms.
“The small stainless steel feathers that cover most of the sculpture were developed to make sure if sheets of ice might form ... they would simply fall down and get broken up by the other feathers,” Wenger said.
“No different than you see with all the highway signs on the interstates.”
Wenger said the 380-foot bridge was meant to say something to passing motorists, especially those from out of state.
“There are a lot of design enhancements on the new corridor ... a lot of architectural concrete and a lot of color,” he said.
“Plus, it's making that pedestrian connection, from the downtown area to the shores of the Oklahoma River ... Core to Shore.”