Initiated by the essential need to improve pedestrian safety along the Highway 93 corridor, Clemson University engaged The Boudreaux Group in a comprehensive project that stretches from historic Riggs Soccer Field, past the tennis courts and intramural fields, to the intersection of Williamson Road.
This project includes the design of an elevated walkway that not only allows pedestrians safer passage, but also creates a unique plaza overlooking Riggs Field. The bridge ultimately honors the significant contributions of former President Riggs through the addition of sculptural elements that celebrate both his athletic and academic achievements.
Defined by its dynamic views of the campus and a character befitting of the adjacent historic district, the curved cantilevered bridge moves pedestrians away from the road and preserves a significant stand of trees which become a shield from the Highway 93 traffic.
Details of the bridge are being designed in coordination with improvements to the north soccer stands, including a connecting entry plaza. Sidewalk widening and relocations, tree planters, landscaped beds and retaining wall work all serve to increase safety and beautify the corridor as one moves downhill from the bridge.
The project is partially funded by grants from the South Carolina Department of Transportation and, as such, the schedule has been carefully planned to comply with DOT's rigorous review process.