Special Coverage of the Flanders Street Bridge Project

Flanders Street is slated to become a bicycle boulevard. As part of that effort, a new bridge is to be constructed over I-405. One plan is to re-use the old Sauvie Island Bridge.

Below are the latest articles on this topic. To see other local media coverage of this story, see my links on de.licio.us.

Press Release: Press Conference for Sauvie Span Re-use Plan

Posted on April 23rd, 2008 at 3:25 pm.

This just in from PDOT:


(PORTLAND, OR) – A press conference to announce the City’s new approach to acquire the center span of the Sauvie Island Bridge and relocate it from its current location to NW Flanders Street over I-405 will be held on Friday, April 25, at 3:30 p.m. at Chown Hardware, located at 333 NW 16th Avenue (at Flanders Street).[Read more…]

Adams, Dozono trade views on Sauvie span at City Club debate

Posted on April 21st, 2008 at 10:12 am.

The City Club of Portland hosted a mayoral debate on Friday between the two leading candidates — City Commissioner Sam Adams and Portland business owner Sho Dozono.

Sho Dozono
(Photo © J. Maus)
Sam Adams interview-2.jpg

Sam Adams
(Photo © J. Maus)

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Recap and photos: Sauvie Island span rally in NW Portland

Posted on April 18th, 2008 at 1:13 pm.

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KGW-TV broadcasted live from the rally.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Last night, a group of Northwest Portland neighborhood leaders, grassroots activists and bike advocates met on NW Flanders Blvd. for a rally to demonstrate support for re-using the Sauvie Island Bridge span over I-405.

Also joining the crowd of about 100 were city council candidates Jim Middaugh, Jeff Bissonnette, and Chris Smith along with mayoral candidate Jim Lee.
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Press Release: Saltzman supports move of Sauvie Island Bridge

Posted on April 18th, 2008 at 7:26 am.

Below is the full text of the press release from Commissioner Dan Saltzman’s office regarding his support of moving the Sauvie Island Bridge span and re-using it as a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over I-405 in Northwest Portland. Full story here.

April 18, 2008
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Finn 503-823-3110 or 503-313-0246

Commissioner Saltzman supports move of Sauvie Island Bridge[Read more…]

Salztman vows support of Sauvie span

Posted on April 17th, 2008 at 9:34 pm.

Sauvie span supporters gathered
in Northwest Portland earlier tonight.
(Photo © J. Maus)

While supporters of moving the old Sauvie Island Bridge span to downtown Portland gathered for a rally tonight, Commissioner Dan Saltzman issued a press release stating his support for the plan.

Saltzman voted against the project back on April 2nd when it came up for vote in City Council. At that time he cited discomfort with how the contract for the project was drawn up and said if certain conditions could be met, he would vote in support of the project.[Read more…]

Tonight: Rally and walking tours at future bridge site

Posted on April 17th, 2008 at 1:02 pm.

A group of Portlanders stare longingly at what will someday be a new bike and pedestrian bridge over I-405 at NW Flanders.
(Photo © J. Maus)

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Rally, walking tours planned at proposed Sauvie span site

Posted on April 14th, 2008 at 2:03 pm.

A group of concerned citizens look
out over I-405 at the future location of a
Flanders Street overpass.
(Photos © J. Maus)

A group of citizens and advocates led by the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance will host a rally and walking tours of the area around the proposed location of a new I-405 overpass at Flanders Street in Northwest Portland.
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Press Release: Rally to Support Sauvie Island Bridge relocation

Posted on April 14th, 2008 at 1:53 pm.


What: Rally to support the Sauvie Island Bridge relocation, followed by foot and bicycle tours of the proposed relocation site

When: Thursday, April 17. Press event at 5:00, tours leaving at 5:15 and 5:30.

Where: NW 15th and Flanders, Portland, Ore.

Who: Concerned citizens, northwest Portland residents, transportation and neighborhood advocates


The community will rally to support the relocation of the former Sauvie Island Bridge span to form an urgently-needed safe crossing over I-405 and a world class connection between Portland’s two densest neighborhoods.

The rally will be followed by short walking tours by local transportation and history experts of the bridge relocation site. Tours will highlight current dangers for people traveling within and through Northwest Portland. Tour guides’ first priority will be to assure participants’ safety.

The proposed relocation of the Sauvie Island Bridge to cross I-405 at Flanders street will:

– Connect the two densest neighborhoods in Portland
– Provide the only safe freeway crossing for pedestrians between Burnside and Johnson
– Provide safe, direct access to Washington Park, the northwest industrial area, and northwest Portland businesses and neighborhoods.
– Serve over 2000 children who live in the bridge’s immediate area
– Represent the biggest recycling/reuse project ever undertaken in the City of Portland
– Showcase our region’s international leadership in sustainability
– Cannot be completed without strong public support

“Moving the bridge is about sustainability, but even more than that it’s about access,” said transportation activist Elly Blue, who is a member of the informal coalition organizing the event to support reusing the bridge. ” It’s currently impossible to travel safely and directly between two halves of our city. That’s just wrong. The basic right to free mobility is at stake here. We intend to use this effort as a springboard to take on dangerous intersections all over the city, particularly around freeways.”

Media contact: Elly Blue at 503 810 9443


Sauvie update: Saltzman not playing politics; Mercury says Potter is “flat out wrong”

Posted on April 9th, 2008 at 3:56 pm.

“It’s nice spin… but it’s flat out wrong.”
–Portland Mercury News Editor Amy Ruiz, on Mayor Potter’s comments about the funding for the Sauvie Island Bridge re-use plan

The situation with the effort to re-use the Sauvie Island Bridge span in Northwest Portland is changing by the hour.

The two late developments of the day are an article by the Portland Mercury that delves into the funding picture and an update from Commissioner Saltzman’s office.[Read more…]

Mayor tries to ‘Lift the fog’ around his Sauvie span decision

Posted on April 9th, 2008 at 9:05 am.

Mayor Potter listening to testimony in
support of the Sauvie span at City
Hall last week.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Mayor Potter has issued a statement to help further clarify his decision to vote against a proposal that would have allowed PDOT to turn the old Sauvie Island Bridge span into a new crossing of I-405 in Northwest Portland.

Potter made his decision at a key Council vote on the project last Wednesday. Prior to that vote, expecting he would be unable to attend the Council meeting, he issued a memo outlining why he did not support the project.[Read more…]