Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Bridge Aesthetics

Fargo, North Dakota

The Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Bridge Aesthetics Technical Memorandum established aesthetic guidelines for the development of plans for various bridges that will cross the Diversion Channel. The Diversion Authority desired to have a unified aesthetic identity for structural elements along the entire Diversion Channel.  The memorandum developed and provided consistent guidance to the multiple agencies and designers who will be implementing projects incrementally over a number of years.

In order to develop a coordinated aesthetic design approach across the project as a whole, the following list of objectives was developed:

  • Create a distinct aesthetic identity that exemplifies the spirit of Army Corps of Engineers’ mission to “build strong.”
  • Establish a palette of aesthetic treatments that can be applied to a range of different structural features including interstate bridges, county road bridges, railroad bridges, and water control structures.
  • Develop aesthetic treatments that fit with the surrounding rural, urban, and recreational contexts

The preferred aesthetic character emphasizes the civic nature of the structures incorporating an arch motif and strong architectural lines. In the context of the expansive flat topography, a bridge form with dominant horizontal lines will fit most sensitively into the landscape. Both interstate and county road bridges were designed as a family of structural elements – not exactly alike, but portraying a unified identity as a whole for the project.

CLIENT: The Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Bridge Aesthetics Technical Memorandum