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Rally to Save the Flint Avenue Bridge (+ enjoy coffee/donuts)
January 16, 2018 at 7:30 am - 10:00 am
The Flint Avenue Bridge is one of the busiest bike commute routes in the city. It’s a relaxing, low-stress option for North/Northeast Portlanders to ride a bike into the Rose Quarter and onto Broadway to cross the Willamette into downtown Portland. The bridge also connects many local businesses and Harriet Tubman Middle School, a PPS facility tentatively reopening to students this Fall, to the Rose Quarter.
Unfortunately, this vital connection is under threat, as the Oregon Department of Transportation proposes a $450 million freeway expansion that would require the removal and elimination of the bridge.
The freeway proposal is opposed by over 30 organizations representing local neighbors, public health advocates, transportation experts, social justice groups, and environmentalists. Portlanders are concerned that the half-a-billion dollar freeway expansion won’t address traffic congestion, doesn’t address Portland’s real traffic safety concerns, is unconscionable for our climate goals, and represents a serious air quality hazard for students at the nearby Harriet Tubman Middle School.
Join the No More Freeways PDX coalition as we collect signatures to take to City Hall for their January 18th hearing on the update to the central city plan. We’ll have coffee and doughnuts available, as well as a chance for you to learn more about our campaign to save the Flint Avenue bridge and encourage Portland to pursue more thoughtful investments in our transportation system.
In addition to the impacts this project will have on carbon emissions, air quality, and the nonexistent benefits of congestion relief and traffic safety, The Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion has been touted by ODOT and Portland City Council as having “improvements” to the neighborhood. Mayor Wheeler talked about the project as having the ability to “reconnect the community” because of the changes made to the local streets above the freeway.
Our campaign believes this plan is #NotAnImprovement due to the removal of the Flint Bridge, the inadequate “freeway lids,” the “diverging diamond” freeway ramp exchange, the very steep grade of the proposed bicycle connections (beyond ADA standards). For these and other reasons, this freeway proposal is opposed by Oregon Walks, Community Cycling Center, Bikeloudpdx, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Eliot Neighborhood Association, Oregon PSR (Physicians for Social Responsibility), Neighbors for Clean Air, Portland Democratic Socialists of America, and more.
To learn more about the campaign visit our campaign website: