Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on September 28th, 2007 at 10:29 am
Next week, the Policy Advisory Group for the Sellwood Bridge Project will meet to choose up to four bridge designs to consider for further study.
The four designs will then go through an environmental review and a “preferred alternative” will be chosen by Spring 2008.
According to Citizen’s Task Force (CTF) member Richard Marantz, “this advisory group will use previous public input, (the 19-member) Citizen’s Task Force recommendations (which you can see below) and their own political and policy judgements to arrive at selections for study.”
Marantz adds that, “If people are interested in the bridge, and want to provide last minute input, or want to see the actual decision makers in action, it would be a good meeting to attend.”
The Policy Advisory Group is made up of an impressive list of heavy-hitters from the local, regional, and national level.
Below are the four alternatives being recommended by the Citizen’s Task Force (download their full recommendations report here). As you look at these possible roadway configurations, remember that any of the roadway designs selected for study can be placed with any of the alignments (where the bridge and ramps go) in a hybrid bridge at the end of the process. Marantz says that’s why the CTF recommended a wide range of alternatives, “so that the maximum number of alternatives would be under evaluation.”
The meeting — which will include time for public comment — will be held from 2-5pm at the Multnomah County Building boardroom (501 SE Hawthorne Blvd) on Monday, October 1st.