[Read updates at bottom of story.] Mayor Potter, who was supposed to be tied up all this week in the labor arbitration hearing of a police lieutenant he fired, has decided to show up at the City Council meeting this morning. Besides perhaps wanting to be present at the last City Council meeting of Commissioner … Read more
“This project would cost a little more but would deliver huge returns.”–from a BTA blog post In the wake of Mayor Potter’s memo and with a looming City Council vote that could kill the plan to bring the Sauvie Island Bridge span to Northwest Portland, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance is sounding the alarm to its … Read more
Download memo (130K, PDF) I’ve finally obtained the memo from Mayor Potter that I referred to in my story about the Sauvie Island Bridge re-use plan I published earlier today. The memo outlines Potter’s concerns about the plan and was sent to all four Commissioners and the City Auditor. Potter’s seeming lack of support for … Read more
Tomorrow, Portland City Council will decide whether or not the City will re-use the Sauvie Island Bridge span for a bicycle and pedestrian-only crossing of I-405 at Northwest Flanders street. The owner of the span, Kuney Construction, is currently under contract with ODOT to demolish the bridge. Therefore, if PDOT wants to continue their effort … Read more
Organizers of the second annual Pinot Pedal will donate registration proceeds and a percentage of sales from a Pearl District wine retailer to help raise funds for a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Interstate 405.
[NOTE: *I have updated this post at 12:30pm on 3/12 to correct my errors in the funding numbers and sources for the project.] The effort to re-use the old Sauvie Island bridge span for a bike and pedestrian-only bridge over the 405 freeway at NW Flanders has been renewed and backers of the project say … Read more
Bikes won’t have to share the lane with cars on new Sauvie Island bridge.(File photo ©) With all the recent talk about the Sellwood and Columbia River bridge projects, I haven’t heard a peep about the Sauvie Island bridge. Last time I looked (this weekend), construction on the new bridge is moving right along. According … Read more
It’s been over a year since I reported on the status of an idea to re-purpose the Sauvie Island Bridge as a super-sized bicycle and pedestrian crossing over the 405 freeway at Flanders Boulevard looking East.
Last week Portland Transport reported that the idea of recycling the old Sauvie Island Bridge and turning it into a bike and pedestrian overpass in Northwest Portland was dead. However judging from this statement from a post on Commissioner Sam Adams’ blog, the idea might still have some life:
[via Portland Transport] After some speculation that the old Sauvie Island Bridge might become a new bike/ped only bridge over the 405 freeway at Flanders Street, city transportation insider Chris Smith tell us that, “The Commissioner’s office indicates that community response was not sufficient to justify the extra cost of moving the bridge.” We needed … Read more
Very intersting post over on Sam Adam’s blog. It concerns the possibility of moving the Sauvie Island Bridge – which is slated for demolition once the new one is built – to Northwest Portland. They’re trying to decide if the span should be re-used to create a bicycle and pedestrian only bridge across the 405 … Read more