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A new footbridge is under construction in Westmoreland Park, to cross Crystal Springs Creek

DAVID F. ASHTON - With the help of a large excavator moving dirt away from the creek, the new Westmoreland Park Pedestrian Bridge project has gotten underway. Sturdy piers, curing under plastic wrapping, will support a steel deck providing a safe and beautiful Crystal Springs Creek crossing. Unlike the lengthy Sellwood Bridge replacement project that was extensively covered in THE BEE, the "Replacement Pedestrian Bridge Project" in Westmoreland Park is much smaller in scale, but still worth reporting.

When the new footbridge opens in October, folks will be able to easily roll, walk, or jog across Crystal Springs Creek in the park – on a new, longer structure, designed to improve habitat conditions and contribute to stream restoration efforts.

"The project is on schedule; the footings are in the ground and ready for the steel structure to be installed in August," said Portland Parks & Recreation Community Engagement Specialist Barbara Hart.

"As part of this project, the electrical system for park lighting will be upgraded with new conduits installed underneath this new low-maintenance bridge. The bridge is made of long-lasting materials that reflects other design elements in Westmoreland Park," Hart told THE BEE.

Until the bridge opens, park users are asked to stay out of the construction area.


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