The 630-foot bridge would span Highway 99W from the Sherwood YMCA to Sherwood High School (crossing the roundabout).

COURTESY PHOTO/CITY OF SHERWOOD - This is the latest design for a planned pedestrian bridge that will begin near the Sherwood Family YMCA, travel across Highway 99W and end at athletic fields at Sherwood High School.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."

You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.

Have a thought or opinion on the news of the day? Get on your soapbox and share your opinions with the world. Send us a Letter to the Editor!