Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on September 11th, 2009 at 9:04 am
The long-planned bicycle and pedestrian facility on the Morrison Bridge has progressed tangibly in the last two weeks. Multnomah County has announced that the new path is expected to be completed by December.
Construction began this March on a 15-foot wide concrete pathway that will carry two directions of bicycle and pedestrian traffic on the south side of the bridge.
The pathway will be separated from auto traffic on the bridge (which contains a freeway entrance and exit) by a two foot tall concrete barrier topped with a metal guardrail.
The 2 foot concrete barrier will be topped
by a metal guardrail.
(Photo © Elly Blue)
The facility this pathway replaces was a pair of 5 foot (or narrower) sidewalks on the bridge’s north and south sides. The bridge has been closed to bicycle and pedestrian traffic since construction began in March. The County says they hope the new path will ease some of the growing bicycle congestion on the Hawthorne Bridge to the south.
Elly Blue has been writing about bicycling and carfree issues for BikePortland.org since 2006. Find her at http://takingthelane.com