Photos of the Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge - From Beginning to Finished Project

A reader, Joan Ward, left a comment a few days ago stating that she had photos of the entire construction process of the new Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge, the proper name of the new Rose Creek Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge Project that officially opened a little over a week ago.

I met Joan yesterday and she provided me with a CD containing the photos she'd taken from her balcony which affords us all the perfect view of the entire construction project. This is such a wonderful gift. Thank you, Joan.

The Mike Gotch bridge now provides a valuable connection between the bay and the beach communities. I've had an opportunity to ride on it a few times and it is truly a well designed, and aesthetically pleasing gem.

Location of the Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge

The bridge, named after a former councilmember, was dedicated on April 20, 2012.

Construction of Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge. Photo by Joan Ward.
Construction of Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge. Photo by Joan Ward.
Construction of Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge. Photo by Joan Ward.
Construction of Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge. Photo by Joan Ward.
Construction of Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge. Photo by Joan Ward.
Construction of Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge. Photo by Joan Ward.
Construction of Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge. Photo by Joan Ward.
Construction of Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge. Photo by Joan Ward.
Construction of Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge. Photo by Joan Ward.
Construction of Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge. Photo by Joan Ward.
Construction of Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge. Photo by Joan Ward.
The official opening of the Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge. Now open.
The Mike Gotch Bike/Pedestrian Bridge. Photo: flickr/oldknottybuoy

Rose Creek Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge Opening on April 20 at 10:30 AM

Council President Pro Tem Kevin L. Faulconer's tweeted the announcement for Rose Creek Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge Opening ceremony that will be held this Friday.

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The Rose Creek Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge. Photo from flickr/Old Knotty Buoy

The bridge looks gorgeous. The groundbreaking ceremony was held last April, and Robert Leone wrote an update about the project


Rose Creek Bridge: A Work in Progress

Editor's Note: The following article was written by Robert Leone of the Knickerbikers, San Diego’s Bicycle Touring Club and board member at the Coalición de bicicletas del condado de San Diego

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One of San Diego's problems with bicycling infrastructure is the long gap of time between the conception of a project and its execution. A typical case is the Rose Creek Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge. The San Diego Union-Tribune article notes this bridge has been studied, planned for, held up, in progress, on the table, and so on, for about 20 years. If you're able to view multiple web pages at once, you might want to click on this link to an "artists [sic] rendering of the Rose Creek pedestrian bridge in Mission Bay Park."

Make no mistake -- the groundbreaking ceremony is a ceremony. It featured politicians in suits, wielding light gardening spades spray-painted gold, with an artistically arranged earth mover as a backdrop. That earth mover itself was a clean, nearly dust-free showpiece, with the construction equipment yellow equivalent of a pricey Joe Bell bicycle paint job. There were signs. There was press. There was a lot of dirt. And there was Mission Bay Park, tantalizingly out of reach across the mouth of Rose Creek, an urban waterway and flood control channel that is a primary drainage for University City. Annoyingly, there was no actual construction. Within an hour or so of the photographic opportunity for elected officials, the shiny, scratch-free tractor was being chained to a flatbed and whisked away. Would actual construction happen? Would non-motorized travelers through San Diego's paved jungles get their long-planned path from the eastern end of Pacific Beach Drive into Mission Bay Park?


If you take a look above, you'll see the Rose Creek Bridge as of the 28th of July, 2011. In three calendar months, piles have been driven and supporting girders welded into place. Wooden forms are under construction for the cement pour for the roadbed. And it'll be wide, too. We can look forward to a facility for non-motorized travel that can accommodate joggers, dog-walkers, families on bikes, skateboarders, rollerbladers, hand-cyclists, and others who'd like to enjoy the many amenities of Mission Bay Park without braving the narrow sidewalk, curb steps, substandard width, steep slopes, sharp turns and rough pavement of the Rose Creek Bike Path between Mission Bay Drive and Grand Avenue, the freeway-frustrated motorized traffic on Grand Avenue itself, and the long door zone that is Olney Street. If you have that artist's rendering from the first paragraph open, you can compare it to the actual bridge in the picture. There's a lot of work left to be done, but it really is a work in progress.

By the way, below I'm including another, gratuitous picture from the 28th of July, showing Rose Creek Bridge construction. Enjoy!

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Previously on BikeSD.org: Announcement of the Mission Bay Bridge Groundbreaking News Conference


Tomorrow at 10:30 AM - Mission Bay Bridge Groundbreaking News Conference

Tomorrow at 10:30 AM at 2211 Pacific Beach Drive, District Two's Kevin Faulconer will be joined by the city's Bicycle Coordinator, Jim Lundquist to announce the groundbreaking of a long-awaited bridge that will complete the 10-mile Rose Creek Bike Path around Mission Bay. Kevin is expected to be joined by numerous walkers, joggers and bikers. Both Faulconer and Lundquist will be riding to the news conference by bicycle.

Rendering of the Proposed Bike Path and Bridge (click for bigger version)

In the press release I received a copy of, Faulconer was quoted as saying, that the bike path and bridge "will provide a safer route over the creek by keeping pedestrians off Grand Avenue. I’m certain it will become a wonderful addition to San Diego’s beach communities."

As is typical for San Diego projects when it comes to modes of transportation not involving the automobile, the $6.8 million project – paid for with state grants and local transportation dollars has been in the planning stages for more than a decade. Construction is expected to be complete in early 2012.

If you do make it to the news conference, do take some photos and send it in or submit it to our group on flickr.

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Details: Tomorrow at 10:30 AM – Mission Bay Bridge Groundbreaking News Conference
Location: 2211 Pacific Beach Drive