Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on July 21st, 2010 at 12:42 pm
Multnomah County is moving right along with their project to replace the Sellwood Bridge. Currently they’re seeking input on what type of structure the bridge should be. Yesterday they released an online survey and there’s an open house tonight to discuss the options.
In addition to weighing in on whether the bridge should be a “girder,” “deck arch,” “extradosed,” or other type (see all six below) attendees of tonight’s open house will get an update on the status of the project, how it’s going to be funded, and what design refinements have been made since the preferred alternative was selected back in February.
The online survey, which will be up through August 8th lets you have a say in which one of six bridge types should be chosen. One question asks for your top four evaluation criteria. Among the options are “Impacts to the natural environment,” “Aesthetics/User experience,” “Cost,” and “Construction duration.” Another question asks what type of amenities and features you’d want to money spent on. Among those options are things like public artwork and areas for people on foot and bike to stop and take in the view.
A decision on structure type for the Sellwood Bridge is expected by late summer of this year. Construction of the project is slated to begin in 2012 — that is, if local jurisdictions can secure the $300 million in required funding. More information at the excellent project website, SellwoodBridge.org.
Sellwood Bridge Open House
Wednesday, 7/21 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm
Oaks Park Dance Pavillion (7100 SE Oaks Park Way)
Multnomah County maintains the Sellwood Bridge, five other Willamette River bridges and 300 miles of roads. For project information, visit www.sellwoodbridge.org.