The ODOT Files

The Oregon Department of Transportation has a deeply dysfunctional organizational culture that favors driving cars and trucks at the expense of everything else. The ODOT Files is a collection of stories that illustrate that fact.

Fact check: The St. Johns Bridge does not need 19-foot wide lanes for freight traffic

Avatar by on November 9th, 2016 at 2:59 pm

The St. Johns Bridge looking west.
(Photo: Joe Mabel/Wikipedia)

Despite multiple demands over the years to improve bike access on the St. Johns Bridge, the Oregon Department of Transportation has used many different excuses for why the current lane configuration simply cannot change. And it turns out their latest excuse — that state design guidelines for freight traffic require 19-foot wide lanes in both directions — is untrue.
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