Burnside Bridge to get $3 million seismic feasibility study
Multnomah County leaders have started the process to replace or rebuild the 89-year-old Burnside Bridge to seismic standards.
The county Board of Commissioners is scheduled on Thursday to authorize $3 million in funding for a feasibility study for the project.
The funding would be an internal loan from the Risk Management Fund to the Willamette River Bridge Fund.
According to the county, Burnside Street and the Burnside Bridge have been identified as an emergency evacuation route by the city of Portland.
The bridge was built in 1926 and is need of seismic rehabilitation
or replacement to ensure that it can function as a lifeline corridor across the Willamette River in case of an emergency.
The project is estimated to cost more than $500 million, and take 12 years to complete.
"Completion of the project," reads the board brief, "will certainly require new revenues but it is important to begin the
feasibility study this year in order to stay on the established timeline."