Bridge designer Miguel Rosales has increasingly seen his thumb print all over Boston, and last Thursday he visited Revere Beach to check out his latest finished product â€“ the Wonderland Pedestrian Bridge.
His reaction; thumbâ€™s up.
â€œI think it is a very successful result,â€ he said. â€œIt looks very modern and slender as I had pictured it. It definitely creates a new energy for the area. I think it all worked out very well with the bridge and plaza. I just hope it will help bring new development to the area to complement the design. It wasnâ€™t really a big investment and it will last a long time here.â€
Rosales is the designer of the Bunker Hill Zakim Bridge in downtown Boston, and the similarities between it and the Wonderland bridge are no accident.
He has previously said he hoped to create a mini-Zakim Bridge here to bring continuity to the whole Greater Boston area. Currently, his design for the Esplanade Bridge on Storrow Drive in Boston isÂ going out to bid. He is also working on drawings for anew bridge on North Washington Street in Boston â€“ an old rusty bridge that connects Charlestown to the North End.
Rosales said the Revere Beach venture didnâ€™t come without a lot of give and take. He said he fought with contractors about the railings and about painting the cable supports. However, in the end he is convinced that his vision on paper has been perfectly executed in reality.
â€œWe did have to battle with the contractor, but everything finally got done right,â€ he said. â€œIt was hard to get there, but I am really happy with it.â€