Beehive Bridge Design

Fuss & O’Neill was selected to design a signature structure on the Main Street overpass on Route 72 at the new CTfastrak station in New Britain.

This project will transform the pedestrian and bicycle conditions connecting the downtown area to the CTfastrak station and Broad Street neighborhood through innovative public art, complete streets, and streetscape designs. The Mayor, City staff, and dedicated stakeholders provided strong leadership, and an extensive public outreach program was used to reach public consensus and endorsement for this project.

Main Street will undergo a road diet between Columbus Boulevard and the East Main/Myrtle Street intersection, increasing sidewalk widths, installing streetscape amenities, and making aesthetic improvements for the bridge parapet walls. This $5,100,000 project will be funded in part by a $1,600,000 in FTA Bus Livability grant and $1,400,000 in City funds.

The unique beehive design was inspired by a honeycomb form and anchored by whimsical bees, and will serve as sun screens and pedestrian safety fencing to frame the space.