Walkways Between the Garages and Terminals
Four pedestrian bridges were remodeled over the last few months. The walkways connect the parking garages to Terminals 2, 3, and 4. Travelers and visitors now have a convenient and safe way to walk to and from the terminals and parking garages. Click on an image below for a larger view.
Sky Waves Design
The bridges have a "Sky Waves" roof canopy, featuring silver ocean waves rolling over the airport's terminal road. The interior of the 130-foot long bridges have open lighting, curved guardrails, and integrated artwork.
Each pedestrian bridge has nine waves made out of silver aluminum-clad panels. The panels undulate between 9 and 12 feet above the bridge roof and embellished with pastel greens and blues at their base.
This $3.7 million project is part of the Public Art and Design Program. A committee selected artist Laurie Lindquist from 156 artists who submitted ideas for the bridges. Her inspiration for the bridges comes directly from waves, wind, and motion to create a structure that communicates a sense of enjoyment.
Originally designed in the mid-1980s, the refurbished bridges will welcome the 29.2 million passengers to FLL. They serve as a gateway to the terminals that are also undergoing a modernization program.
Workers completed Phase One of project in 2014. This involved stripping the bridges down to the metal frame. They repaired any structural issues. The frame was sandblasted to remove paint and rust. It was then primed and painted.
Phase Two began in September 2015 with the preliminary planning and permitting work.
Crews recently completed installing the handrails and lighting. They also refurbished the terminal vestibule entrances to the bridges and installed the garage canopies.
Originating in 1976, the Public Art and Design Program allocates two percent of county construction projects to public art. The program enhances architecture and urban spaces through the ideas and creations of visual artists. The money is distributed to art (70 percent), project support (15 percent) and long-term conservation (15 percent). Major projects occur at airports, ports, roadways, libraries, parks and other county buildings.