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Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge                                     

Minto Island Construciton October 2015Next Steps:  Sign up for project updates

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.

Project Background

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).

 Staff Contacts

Annie Gorski 503.540.2480 Adobe Flash Player
Aaron Kimsey 503.588.6211                                                                      
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 Bridge and Trail Conceptual Designs

Click for PDF of Minto Bridge conceptual design.  Click for PDF of Minto Trail Design

 Construction Updates

Construction Updates

 Project Updates

    Project Updates

    • 05/21/15 - Groundbreaking Ceremony - Video (32 min)   
    • 05/15/15 - Future of Riverfront - Video 
    • 04/13/15 - Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge: Project Update  
    • 03/13/15 - E Communication Project Update
    • 02/02/15 - $5.8M Contract Awarded  
    • 12/15/14 - City Names Bridge - News article 
    • 12/15/14 - Bridge Naming - Staff Report 
    • 08/25/14 - E Communication Project Update
    • 07/07/14 - Salem Connection - Video
    • 05/23/14 - Schedule Update - Staff Report 
    • 02/19/14 - E Communication Project Update
    • 01/16/14 - State Funding - Press Release      
    • 09/10/12 - Funding Update - Staff Report
    • 02/27/12 - Project Update - Staff Report 

 Background Documents

 Next Steps

Next Steps           Sign up for project updates.         Also: Master Plan for Minto Brown Island Park

Design & Permitting: OBEC Consulting Engineers was hired, through a competitive process, to complete the bridge design, perform needed studies, and apply for permits. Initial surveying, site investigations, and conceptual design of the bridge and trail were completed in 2012. The next phase, 60 percent design, concluded in April 2013. In June 2013, the City Council and Urban Renewal Agency granted authority to proceed with final design and submit the required permits. In March 2014 the project reached 100 percent design and the final phase of permitting. In August 2014 permitting was complete.

Want to Get Involved?
The Friends of Two Bridges (F2B) is a non-profit grassroots group dedicated to the construction of the Minto Island Bridge and the Union Street Railroad Bridge. The group is raising awareness for the Minto Island Bridge and fund-raising for the project. Additional information can be found in the links below.
Follow us: Friends of Two Bridges Blog

Follow Friends of Two Bridges :          Friends of Two Bridges Blog    

 Bridge and Trail Funding:

Minto Bridge and Trail Funding: 

In January 2014, the last $1,581,000 needed for the bridge was committed through an ODOT grant bringing the total funding to $10,000,000. The Minto Bridge and Trail project is possible because of funding from a variety of federal, state, and local sources, including from the Riverfront Downtown and Waterfront Urban Renewal Areas, Salem Keizer Area Transportation Study (SKATS), Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), Business Oregon, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

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