Sherwood is moving forward with plans for a new pedestrian bridge that will span across Oregon Highway 99W, stretching from the Sherwood Family YMCA on Southwest Sunset Boulevard to the new Sherwood High School on Southwest Haide Road.
City staff and designers recently held a kickoff meeting to discuss plans for the new bridge, which is expected to allow high school students and other pedestrians to cross above the busy state highway.
"They did the feasibility study," said Keith Campbell, Sherwood's new city manager.
He said KPFF, a structural engineering company, is designing the bridge, hoping to have 30% of the design completed by April or May 2022.
Initial plans based on the feasibility study have called for a 630-foot-long, 12-foot wide pedestrian bridge.
That span would mean the bridge would start just east of the Sherwood Family YMCA, cross Highway 99W, travel over the roundabout at Southwest Elwert and Kruger road, and exit along the Sherwood High School sports fields.
It will include both stairs and a long ramp.
The type of materials used to construct the bridge is still under discussion.
Not only will the pedestrian bridge serve as a safe way to cross Highway 99W, but it will provide a focal gateway into the city, Campbell pointed out. Total costs are still being discussed, but a prefabricated version of the bridge would run between $12 million and $13 million, city officials estimate.
In May, the Sherwood City Council approved an urban renewal plan that will help fund the bridge, along with improved high-speed internet service and creating a festival plaza in downtown Sherwood. Other plans call for extending the current Cedar Creek Trail, allowing for it to cross under Highway 99W.
An exact time frame for the construction of the pedestrian bridge hasn't been determined yet, although Campbell said "the council would like to have it built yesterday."
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