The Silk Road Bridge is a symbolic display of Republic City's prosperity and cultural diversity, exhibiting multiple modern architectural styles alongside more traditional structural designs. It has two tall arches that divide the bridge into three sections of roughly equal length. The arches are white and have two golden, pagoda-shaped peaks on either side. Black suspension cables connect to the top of the arches as well as the road. There are two lengths of cable, both of which form a U-shaped dip in the gaps between the arches. The bridge's roadway is four lanes wide, which is enough to accommodate vehicular traffic during the night as well.
The Silk Road was an outlay of inter-linking trade routes that connected most of Asia with Europe and Africa. The road received its name from the famous Chinese silk that was traded along it, along with various other goods and technology.
The Silk Road parallels the Silk Road Bridge in the sense that just as the Silk Road acted to unite and expand many civilizations, the Silk Road Bridge acts to connect parts of Republic City, a melting pot of different people, technologies, and cultures.