(Design by: Compressed Pattern)
The vision of two North Portland neighborhoods working to improve the neglected Bryant Street Bike/Ped Bridge is moving closer to reality.
A new design proposal for the bridge approach and path has been released. The designs (more of them are below) were created by Compressed Pattern, a design firm based on Bryant Street (just blocks away from the bridge).
Their design is just one of several that are being proposed as part of the effort.
With a grant and assistance from ODOT, residents from the Piedmont and Arbor Lodge communities have worked together on the project since last fall. The goal is to turn the bridge from a little-used eyesore (where people dump trash and security is a concern), to a bustling community asset that becomes an important link between two neighborhoods cut off from each other by Interstate 5.
[By the way, you might recall riding (or walking) over the bridge during Sunday Parkways.]
Brian Borrello, an artist and community organizer who is helping lead the project, says construction is slated to begin this fall.
Here are a few more of the illustrations by Compressed Pattern.
For more information, or to get involved with this project, see the Piedmont Neighborhood website.