Ouch. Like many of you, I’m still trying to figure out what exactly is going on with the Sellwood Bridge project. I have not followed it very closely since the celebratory groundbreaking back in December. My sense was that the project came out great for bicycling with ample riding room and connectivity. Then, on Tuesday … Read more
Last minute cost-cutting has resulted in proposed design changes to the $268 million Sellwood Bridge project that could have significant impacts on bicycling. With a key vote on the final design set for this coming Monday (7/16) and a decision on the plans set for Thursday (7/19), the Bicycle Transportation Alliance is concerned that there’s … Read more
Some options would have turned this into a larger road to handle 200 extra cars daily.(Photo: Multnomah County) The construction of the new Sellwood Bridge is already having some impacts on the nearby transportation network. As The Oregonian reported last month, a decision to relocate an access road to Highway 43 for the Macadam Bay … Read more
Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury (L) smiles as she poses with a check from USDOT Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Polly Trottenberg at the ground breaking event in Sellwood Riverfront Park this morning.
The long nightmare will be over soon.(Photo: Cindie Olson) Spirits must be high at Multnomah County’s transportation offices this week. Not only are they finally breaking ground on the Sellwood Bridge project, they also announced Tuesday that they received $17.7 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER program for the final piece of funding … Read more
Sellwood Bridge CAC member Richard Marantz wants your input.(Photo © J. Maus) Multnomah County has just launched a virtual open house for the Sellwood Bridge project and they’re looking for your input on key design and funding decisions. Among the many aspects of the project featured in the open house is the design of the … Read more
No love from Clackamas residents.(Photo © J. Maus) In case you haven’t heard, Clackamas County voters soundly rejected (63-37 percent) a $5 annual vehicle registration fee that would have raised $22 million to help pay for the ailing Sellwood Bridge over the Willamette River. The fee was passed by the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners … Read more
One step closer to getting it fixed.(Photo © J. Maus) The Portland Tribune and The Oregonian are both reporting that the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today to approve a $5 vehicle registration fee that will go toward $22 million in funding to pay for reconstruction of the ailing Sellwood Bridge.
“Put that on the ballot, that’s really the best way… People need to be able to determine what should be done with their pocketbooks.” — Sarah Seale, Director of Americans for Prosperity, Clackamas County A proposal in Clackamas County for a $5 motor vehicle registration fee to raise $20 million to help pay for the … Read more
The Sellwood Bridge.(Photo © J. Maus) Members of the Oregon chapter of Americans for Prosperity, an anti-tax and limited government interest group founded by David Koch and Koch Industries, showed up in force on Thursday when the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners shared their plan to raise funds to help pay for the Sellwood Bridge. … Read more
Multnomah County is moving right along with their project to replace the Sellwood Bridge. Currently they’re seeking input on what type of structure the bridge should be. Yesterday they released an online survey and there’s an open house tonight to discuss the options. In addition to weighing in on whether the bridge should be a … Read more
New vehicle fees would raise over one-third the total cost to replace the Sellwood Bridge.(Photo © J. Maus) Funding to replace the Selwood Bridge is coming together. As per HB 2001 — the transportation funding package that passed the Oregon legislature this past session — Multnomah County is considering a new, $19 motorized vehicle registration … Read more