Blumenauer bike bridge taking shape, if a tad tardy
The Congressman Earl Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge is taking shape over the Interstate 84 freeway after a delay to coordinate the launch with the multiple parties that have right of way in Sullivan's Gulch. The project is behind schedule due to COVID-19 impacts and construction delays, according to Hannah Schafer, spokesperson for the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
She told the Portland Tribune that construction is going well after the launch of the main arch span (Span 1A) across the freeway. Arch Spans 1B and 2 also have been installed north of the freeway and over the railroad tracks.
The deck structure is installed. The contractor currently is setting the edge of deck forms in preparation to pour the bridge deck in late January.
The temporary tower will be removed in early to mid-February once the deck has been cured.
While the project is making progress, there is still significant work left. Lights, bridge rail and protective screening all need to be installed on the bridge. The landings on each side need to be constructed, drainage for the bridge needs to be completed, and streets need to be paved.
Due to potential material supply issues, the schedule is still tentative but the project is hoped to open to the public by early to mid-summer.
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