Soto Street Bridge Replacement

Project Description

The site is a large median, about 1.2 acres, created by
the removal of an old (1939) railway overpass. The landscape of
California native plants is meant to suggest a stream bed since, as
difficult as it is to imagine while standing in this spot now, it was
once part of a natural water course. Rain that falls on the site will
be directed toward a shallow valley stretching along the center of the
site, to soak into the ground once again as it would have done before
Huntington Drive South was built. Amenities for people walking will
include new sidewalks, an improved bus stop, a soft-surface path and
better lighting.

The artist Michael Amescua is creating a work of public art for the
site, recycling some of the steel from the bridge girders into large
pylons that will support giant, stainless steel Monarch butterflies
and milkweed foliage, the only plant species on which their
caterpillars may feed and develop.  

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