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Wildwood Trail bridge over Burnside Street among 100 top project vying for national honor.

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND PARKS FOUNDATION - Portland's Barbara Walker Crossing is up for a national public art design honor.Portland's Barbara Walker Crossing is in the stretch run for a national public art award.

The 180-foot-long steel bridge connects the 30-mile Wildwood Trail between Forest Park and Washington Park without crossing West Burnside Street. The $4 million project was named for parks activist Barbara Walker.


The bridge is included in the top 100 project considered for the CODA People's Choice award by CodaWorx, an online platform connecting artists, designers and fabricators with municipalities and developers. A jury selected the top 100 projects from across the nation that integrate commissioned art into an interior, architectural or public space.

Voting on the projects concludes at midnight Tuesday, June 30. Winners will be announced Aug. 30. Portland's Barbara Walker Crossing has received nearly 2,000 votes since the contest began on June 18.

The bridge's project team included artist Ed Carpenter, KPFF Engineers and Portland landscape architects Nathan Kappen and Walker/Macy. It is made of welded and painted CorTen steel with a fiberglass deck grating and stone paving at the north end.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The 180-foot Barbara Walker Crossing connects the Wildwood Trail over West Burnside Street.

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