earthquake ready burnside bridge project

Lengthy closures of Eastbank Esplanade for Burnside Bridge construction raise concerns

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 21st, 2021 at 9:47 am

Cycling advocates raised major concerns about construction detours and closures that will be required for the Burnside Bridge replacement project.
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A signalized crossing for bike traffic on the new Burnside Bridge?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 14th, 2020 at 2:09 pm

Ramp proposed for new Burnside Bridge.
(Graphics: Multnomah County)

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New concept drawings show future bikeway on new Burnside Bridge

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 5th, 2020 at 10:34 am

Possible design of new Burnside Bridge.

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Major decision reached for new ‘earthquake ready’ Burnside Bridge

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 18th, 2020 at 11:01 am

One variation of the long span bridge alternative chosen by a citizen task force to replace the Burnside Bridge. (Graphic: Multnomah County)

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County seeks feedback on future Burnside Bridge design

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 10th, 2019 at 12:33 pm

Cross section proposals.
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Planning for new ‘earthquake ready’ Burnside Bridge reaches milestone

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 16th, 2018 at 9:26 am

Now that we’ve got your attention…
(Graphic: Multnomah County)

“I’d like to see a bridge for our future… but it will take visionary leadership from county, and I haven’t seen that yet.”
— Mark Ginsberg, advisory committee member representing The Street Trust

Multnomah County has reached a milestone in their project to make the Burnside Bridge “earthquake ready”. They’ve whittled down a list of 100 options to just two: an “enhanced seismic retrofit” or a full replacement.

The Burnside is a designated “lifeline response route” which means it has special priority when it comes to disaster and long-range resiliency planning. Owned and operated by Multnomah County, the bridge is nearly 100 years old and it shows many signs of age. A separate maintenance project is going on now.

We’ve been watching the Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge project from afar until this point. With the options narrowed down, the County will now delve more deeply into each one of them in order to determine the future of the bridge.

Here’s where the process stands today…
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