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 Minto Island Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge (Bridge) and 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.
Minto Bridge Project Update
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. The project is now in the final phase of environmental permitting which involves federal, state, and local approvals. To date, 14 of the needed 15 permits have been secured. All permits are anticipated by August 2014, after which the City expects to solicit bids from bridge construction contractors.
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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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 the summer of 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.
Several federal, state, and local approvals are needed, including from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Highway Administration. These approvals are needed before the City can advertise for and select a contractor to begin construction work.
Minto Bridge and Trail Funding: In January 2014, the last $1,581,000 needed for the bridge was committed through an ODOT grant. 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).
Bridge and Trail Conceptual Designs
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.
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