Peter Courtney Minto Island Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge

​​This pedestrian and bicycle bridge and the adjoining trail connect three riverfront parks in the Downtown area:

When the remaining planned trail connections within the City are complete, including under the Commercial Street Bridge, the project will link eight popular parks and more than 30 miles of trails. These connections will serve as Salem’s largest off-street pedestrian network.


Free visitor parking is available in the downtown parkades and the Riverfront Park and Minto-Brown Island Park parking lots.

​Project costs

​Federal, State, and local resources, Riverfront Downtown and South Waterfront Urban Renewal Areas, Salem Keizer Area Transportation Study (SKATS), Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), Business Oregon, Department of Transportation

Cost: $10,000,000

​Links parks and employment

  • Significant amenity for Downtown employers. Important for attracting and maintaining employees.
  • Added enhancement for downtown travel on foot or bike at lunchtime or after work.

Increases value of homes in the area

  • 2011 National Homebuyers Association survey cited access to parks and recreational trails as the #2 factor for homebuyers.
  • 2008 CEOs for Cities study found that homes located in areas with above average walk and bikeability are worth more than $34,000 more than homes located in areas with average walk and bikeability.
  • Residents and employers value access to parks and recreation as an important community asset.

Added attraction for Downtown visitors

  • Provides another attraction for people visiting Downtown for shopping, dining, parks, or attending events at Salem Conference Center.
  • Additional recreational opportunities increase demand for local bicycle and running equipment, retail, services, and restaurants close by.
  • Other cities report that shoppers arriving by foot or bike make more frequent stops and return often, since they don't have to struggle to find parking.

Recreational events and tourism

  • Miles of connecting trails along waterways and through parks offers opportunities for marathons and recreational events, which contribute to new investment in Downtown.
  • Visitor dollars strengthen the local economy, supporting 6,220 jobs and generating $2.5M in local tax revenues.
  • Oregon's Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway will be re-routed over the bridge and trail. Enhancements are likely to expand ridership along this popular statewide route. 

Image and identity

  • The bridge's design is unique to Oregon, and will help shape Salem's image, skyline, and waterfront for years to come.
  • The project complements the Historic Union Street Railroad Bridge renovation.


  • The bridge and trail and efforts to pursue funding for the acquisition of Minto Island are consistent with the Willamette River Legacy Program. The program aims to improve river access, expand parks in the Willamette Greenway, and build upon efforts to enhance this former industrial site for passive recreation, wildlife viewing, and habitat restoration. 
Bridge Opening Update

The Opening Celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, August 2, 2017. On August 2, at 9:00 a.m. a park parade begins in Wallace Marine Park and the ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. at Riverfront Park Amphitheater. The bridge will be open for public access seven days a week after this event.

Public Access Update

From June 5 to August 2, there will be no public access of the project Monday through Friday to maintain safety for the public during the removal of the work bridge. Public access is available on Saturday and Sunday.

Construction Update - June 2017

​The bridge construction is nearly complete. Only the removal of the temporary work bridge and the completion of the remaining pathways and retaining walls at Riverfront Park remain.

​Since 1975, a pedestrian connection between Minto Island and Downtown has been envisioned by the Urban Renewal Agency, City Council, and broader community. Since 2007, the City and Agency have taken steps to prepare for the Bridge and Trail, and conducted significant public outreach to raise awareness of the project.

In October 2010, City Council approved a tied arch Bridge design following analysis of several design types and public input. In 2012, OBEC was hired to oversee final design, engineering, and permitting of the Bridge and connecting Trail on Minto Island. In 2014 , the last funding needed for the Bridge and Trail was committed and design and permitting were complete. In January 2015, following a solicitation of bids, a recommendation to award was issued for Legacy Construction.  The Groundbreaking Ceremony took place May 21, 2015.

The Minto Bridge and Trail are an adopted FY 13-15 City  Council goal, and are identified in several supporting plans and policies, including the Riverfront Downtown Urban Renewal Area Plan, South Waterfront Urban Renewal Area Plan, Comprehensive Park System Master Plan, and the Salem Transportation System Plan (TSP).


Contact us

Annie GorskiEconomic Development ManagerUrban Development Department
Mailing address:
350 Commercial ST NE
Salem OR 97301
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