Second Shore

Overview of RiverRide

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Existing Technology Applied Innovatively


  • RiverRide is composed of steel-reinforced concrete pontoon segments developed by Marinetek, a global leader in floating structures (marina, breakwater and floating roads).
  • Design is inspired by Chicago’s classic bridge architecture, nautical design cues and understated elegance.


  1. Pathway segments produced offsite (Port of Chicago and other)
  2. ADA-compliant land access ramps and gates installed adjacent to bridges, public parks and other points.
  3. Pathway segments floated into place, connected to adjacent segments and secured with pilings driven in riverbed.
  4. Solar panels above each segment power lighting, precipitation-activated awnings and heating conduit embedded in the segment surface to prevent icing and snow build-up.
  5. Segment guardrails designed to minimize injury during a fall and snow plowing into river.