Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge
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The City of Salem and Salem’s Urban Renewal Agency (Agency) have been working toward a long-standing community vision of connecting three major urban parks, and more than twenty miles of trails via two pedestrian bridges over the Willamette River.
In 2009, part of this goal was realized with the renovation of the historic Union Street Railroad Bridge, connecting West Salem’s Wallace Marine Park with downtown’s Riverfront Park. Completion of the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge (Bridge) and the adjoining multimodal trail (Trail) is the last critical link to Downtown Parks Connections. This project is strengthened by the City's recent acquisition of 307 additional acres of Minto Island. Visit the Minto Island Acquisition page for more information.
In 2008, a concept-design study considered several Bridge design options. In October 2010, City Council approved a tied arch Bridge design concept with a 14 foot wide deck. In 2011, an agreement was reached to secure access across the Willamette Slough. In 2012, OBEC was hired to oversee final design, engineering, and permitting of the Bridge and connecting Trail on Minto Island. In January 2014 , the last funding needed for the Minto Bridge and Trail was committed. In March 2014, the project reached 100 percent design. In August 2014, the City obtained the last of 15 permits needed for the project. 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 it is 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).
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