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Town halls focus on funding for bridge repairs

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on February 7th, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Below is a press release sent to me by Multnomah County:

The last two town hall meetings in a series will be held on February 11 and 19 to present information on the condition of Multnomah County’s Willamette River bridges and a proposal to fund their repair.

County commissioners and transportation staff will share information on the county’s 20-year capital shortfall of $490 million for its six bridges across the Willamette. Bridge repair needs range from replacing or repairing the Sellwood Bridge to safety improvements such as replacing the open steel grating on the Morrison Bridge. The Board of County Commissioners is considering referring a measure for the May ballot that would increase the county vehicle registration fee by $24 per vehicle per year to raise funds for bridge repairs.

The remaining town hall events are scheduled for:

  • Monday, February 11, 6 – 8 pm, Multnomah Building, Boardroom, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland
  • Tuesday, February 19, 6 – 8 pm, North Portland Health Clinic, 9000 N. Lombard Blvd., Portland

The meeting format will include a presentation, an opportunity for the public to ask questions and share comments, and time to view displays on the condition and repair needs of the Willamette River bridges.

Multnomah County’s Willamette River bridges include the Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne, Morrison, Sauvie Island and Sellwood. The bridges range in age from 50 to 98 years. Each day more than 180,000 vehicles cross the bridges, in addition to an estimated 12,000 bicyclists and thousands of pedestrians.

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