A high-arched steel bridge topped the list for a planned pedestrian walkway over the top of Highway 99W

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF SHERWOOD - The Sherwood City Council and community prefer a high-arched pedestrian bridge made out of steel to cross Highway 99W. The bridge would link the Sherwood Family YMCA with Sherwood High School.Sherwood's preferred design for a pedestrian bridge across Highway 99W is a high-arched alternating structure with inverted arch trusses.

That's according to the wishes expressed by both city leaders and the community regarding the bridge that will run above the highway, signed locally as Southwest Pacific Highway, from the Sherwood Family YMCA to Sherwood High School.

Over the last few months, two public open houses were held to determine a preference for both the design and construction materials used on the bridge.

"The overwhelming choice was the high arch," said Sherwood City Manager Keith Campbell, adding that the preferred construction material is steel. "Both the (Sherwood City Council) and community were in line with each other."

Of residents weighing in on the survey, 62% preferred the high arch. They also preferred a steel bridge (75%) over a wooden bridge (13%).

The preferred alignment design includes an east landing option. The alignment would provide a direct connection between the YMCA, the high school and a multi-use trail on Southwest Elwert and Kruger roads. The bridge's main purpose is to get students safely across Highway 99W without them having to walk across the busy highway.

The bridge design will be so unique that KPFF, the structural engineering company designing the bridge, believes it could win awards once it's in place, said Campbell.COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF SHERWOOD - An artists rendering shows where the bridge would land once it makes its way across Highway 99W. It would exit along the side of Sherwood High School.

Total pedestrian bridge costs are expected to run between $13 million to $15 million.

In addition to $2 million in state lottery funds, the bridge will be funded through a recently formed urban renewal agency, which changes how existing taxes on property are paid. Property values in a designated area are frozen, and tax revenue collected above the property value is pooled into a special fund, which can be used on projects in the area.

Campbell expects that 30% of the bridge's design will be completed by June 20.

The goal is to have the 12-foot-wide bridge in a 100% design stage by the end of the year, meaning it's essentially ready to build.

"We also know time is of the essence, because construction costs are going up," Campbell said.

The bridge is expected to be a major design and focal point for those traveling along Highway 99W in both directions. Campbell said it will have more than simply a utilitarian purpose and believes it's something the community will be proud of for years to come.

"It's really going to stand on its own," said Campbell. "This is a gateway to our community, so we really want it to shine."

Once begun, construction of the pedestrian bridge is expected to take about one year to complete.

This corrects a prior photo caption describing how the pedestrian bridge would wrap around the Sherwood Family YMCA, not Sherwood High School. It also updates how the project will be funded — through urban renewal funds.

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