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Construction will start in early July on Flanders Crossing, the bike- friendly bridge across the I-405 underpass in Northwest Portland.
Crews contracted by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will be building a 24-foot wide, 200 foot long bridge with two-way access for pedestrians and people on bikes. The bridge will serve as a seismic lifeline route in the case of a major earthquake.
Northwest Flanders Street has long been planned to be to a Neighborhood Greenway route, providing an east-west bicycling and walking connection across Northwest Portland, the Pearl District, Old Town and into downtown Portland, with connections to the Steel Bridge and Waterfront Park.
A PBOT release said, "Until now it has been difficult for people to walk or bike the short distance to the Central City from Northwest Portland due to the lack of a safe and comfortable crossing of I-405. Pedestrians and people biking must currently use either Northwest Everett or Glisan streets, both of which lack sidewalks on one side and require negotiating on- and off-ramps for vehicles entering and exiting I-405."
A 23-story hotel and condo building is proposed at Flanders and 12th Avenue on land owned by Vibrant Cities, a Seattle-based development firm. Local residents have complained to the Design Commission that pick up and drop off at the hotel could interfer with the bike lane.
The Flanders Crossing project will also include new traffic signals at Northwest 14th and 16th avenues, and a four-way stop sign at Northwest 15th Avenue in order to provide access to the bridge from both sides.
The project has been endorsed by the Northwest District Association, Pearl District Neighborhood Association, Old Town Chinatown Community Association, the Nob Hill Business Association, and many others.
The $9.5 million Flanders Crossing Bridge is funded by ConnectOregon grant funds and Transportation System Development Charges. The project will employ approximately 100 people including subcontractors from over seven minority-owned businesses.
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