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The long Westmoreland Park upgrade, which many thought done years ago, is about to be complete

DAVID F. ASHTON - The main span of Westmoreland Parks new footbridge was rigged and ready, on August 31st, for its lift; workers gathered to discuss the plan for hoisting it and placing it over Crystal Springs Creek, before the lifting began. Westmoreland Park visitors will need to be patient, as the wind and smoke in September caused further delays to the completion of the park's pedestrian bridge over Crystal Springs Creek, on the north side of the nature-based play area.

After taking care to prepare the creek bank and the bridge supports, crews used a massive crane to lift the one-piece, prefabricated deck of the new Westmoreland Park pedestrian bridge into place on Monday morning, August 31.

Quite a lift indeed, according to Portland Parks & Recreation Community Relations team member Barbara Hart: "The main span is fifty feet long and five feet wide; and the steel girders, railing, and decking have a combined weight of approximately 12,000 pounds," she told THE BEE. That's six tons.

With the bridge girders, under-deck bracing, and railing blocks all made of uncoated weathering steel, it should be as unobtrusive as it is sturdy and practical. And the deck, made of pultruded fiberglass, will be an all-weather surface, she added.

"Not only all the wildfire smoke, but also the high winds, affected the job's progress," Hart commented. "For example, the new Portland General Electric (PGE) connection was cancelled at the last minute, because their crews had to attend to emergencies related to fallen power lines caused by trees and branches. And, all the smoke and the hazardous air quality conditions delayed progress on the landscaping work."

Work continued on parts of the project in September and October that was not impacted by the electrical wiring delay; and, once the PGE work is done, they'll finish paving, irrigation, and installation of a fence.

It will probably be done before the year ends, wrapping up the work to complete the last element of the Westmoreland Park Master Plan. Funding for this project came from the Parks & Recreation Capital Renovation Program.


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