Martinez Amtrak Station
Martinez, California | Etched Pedestrian Bridge
A 110-foot pedestrian bridge over the Northern Pacific Railroad tracks connects the town’s Amtrak station and intermodal facility with an auxiliary parking area adjacent to a shoreline park. Metal mesh was an open solution for enclosing the bridge that preserves views of the Carquinez Strait, Benica-Martinez Bridge and Mount Diablo while creating a safe environment for users. The Martinez name and bay grass design is etched into the stainless steel using a sandblasting technique. At night, a wave-like light tube connected to the mesh accents the bridge.
"We chose Cambridge metal mesh so lettering and design could be etched into the material. I also wanted the bridge to be as ‘open’ as possible to offer views of the bay and to eliminate dark or hidden areas so everyone felt safe."