Union Street Railroad Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge
The Friends of Two Bridges (F2B) is a non-profit grassroots group dedicated to the design and construction of the Minto Island Bridge and the Union Street Railroad Bridge.
The Union Street Railroad Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge is open to runners, cyclists, and pedestrians. The project provides a critical half-mile link in the bicycle and pedestrian circulation systems for the community, the region, and the state.
Two large urban parks: Wallace Marine (114 acres) and Riverfront (23 acres), book end this bridge and the conversion connects their trail systems into a single, safe and pleasant, family-friendly network. The project complements both the state-designated Willamette River Water Trail and a potential future Peter Courtney Minto Island Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge project which will connect across Willamette Slough from the south end of Riverfront Park to Minto Brown Island Park (900 acres).
Phase I of this project converted the historic Union Street Railroad Bridge and its associated timber trestle, built across the Willamette River in 1912-13, into a facility for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized users. Construction began April 2008 and lasted one year. The Phase I Grand Opening celebration occurred April 18, 2009. A $3.5 M American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant from ODOT, this project was completed years earlier than expected.
Phase II construction started November 9, 2009 and was complete May 14, 2010. Work during Phase II included lead paint encapsulation and installation of security cameras.
Sheri Wahrgren 503-540-2495
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