Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on October 2nd, 2007 at 2:59 pm
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last night’s meeting.
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An influential advisory group made up of elected and appointed officials has narrowed the options for the design of the future Sellwood Bridge.
At a meeting last night, the Policy Advisory Group of the Sellwood Bridge Project decided on four alternatives (listed below) to be put forth to the next phase of study.
In addition to those was an interesting idea put forth by City Commissioner Sam Adams and Metro Councilor Robert Liberty. They want to take a closer look at a totally separate bridge for bikes and pedestrians, while rehabbing the existing bridge for cars, busses and streetcar.
According to the Multnomah County press release (download PDF here), “the location and configuration of the bicycle/pedestrian bridge will be proposed after consulting with representatives of user groups”.
Here are the other design alternatives that made the cut:
- A 57-foot wide rehabilitation option with two 11-foot traffic lanes, two 5-foot shared bike path/shoulders, and two 10-foot shared use sidewalks.
- A narrow new bridge option with a lower deck featuring a 20-foot wide shared facility for bicyclists and pedestrians. Lane and shoulder widths will be determined in the next few weeks. Possibilities for striping this cross-section for three lanes to accommodate a future streetcar will be considered. This option would be located on the Yellow, existing bridge alignment.
listens to public comment.
- A 64-foot, two-lane new bridge option with 6.5-foot bike lanes and 12-foot shared use paths on each side. This option would be located on the Yellow South alignment, which includes the existing bridge area and the area immediately to the south.
- A 75-foot wide new bridge option with two 12-foot lanes for transit vehicles, two 12-foot lanes for other motor vehicles, a 16-foot shared use path and an 8-foot sidewalk. This option would be located on the Teal/Pink hybrid alignment north of the existing bridge that avoids residential relocations.
For more details, download a PDF of the press release from Multnomah County, or read more coverage of last night’s meeting: