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~ Connecting a Community ~                                                      

Union Street Bridge at night.
Photo: by Ron Cooper

Thirty years of planning and putting ideas into action were all worth it. The long-awaited Union Street Railroad Bridge is now open to runners, cyclists, and pedestrians. In this program, Salem residents and city and state officials express their excitement about the opening of this historic bridge and future plans to build a second bridge that will connect Wallace Marine Park, Riverfront Park, and Minto Brown Island Park.

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Date Milestones   
June
2011

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Victorian Society Award
July
2010

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National TPEA Award
April
2010

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Bridge
Reopens
March
2010

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Oregon
Heritage
Excellence
Award
 Jan
2010

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Award of Escellence
 Nov
2009

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Bridge
Closure
Oct
2009 

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Phase II
Sept
2009

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Low Bid - S&K Painting
April 2009

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Grand
Opening
 Feb
2009
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 ODOT approves $3.5M for
lead paint encapsulation
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Construction
begins
 Feb
2008
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 ODOT issues notice to proceed
Nov
2007

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Council
approved funding: ORTC Grant $1,346,376; OR Parks Grant $575,700; URA Grant; $1,118,000;  Ambulance Funds $225,000
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 Low bid:
Carter & Co.
 Jan
2006
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 Bridge put on National Register / Historic Places
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City buys bridge $1
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Southern Pacific RR builds bridge
   

Description

Phase I
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.  The project provides a critical half-mile link in the bicycle and pedestrian circulation systems for the community, the region, and the state.

Carter & Company, Inc., a Salem, Oregon contractor, was awarded the construction contract on February 14, 2008, construction started April 2008 and lasted one year.  HDR engineering firm designed the conversion and performed the project management. 
The Phase I Grand Opening celebration occurred April 18, 2009; check out the photo gallery

Conceptual Designs the Minto Bridge and Trail
 Click for PDF of Minto Bridge conceptual design.  Click for PDF of Minto Trail Design 
 
 
 
 


Want to Get Involved?

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 group is also raising awareness for the Minto Island Bridge and gathering support for funding the project. 

Follow us:          Friends of Two Bridges Blog    

Phase II
Thanks to a $3.5 M  American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant from ODOT, this project was completed years earlier than expected. 

Phase II  included lead paint encapsulation and installation of security cameras.  This work was performed by S&K Painting Inc, a contractor out of Clackamas, Oregon.  Construction started November 9, 2009 and was complete May 14, 2010. 

Description
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.  Frequently Asked Questions about the project.  

The Union Street Railroad Bridge project has improved bicycle and pedestrian safety and accessibility.  It encourages the use of alternative transportation modes and promotes healthy forms of exercise like running, cycling, skating, and wheelchairing. 

The project complements both the state-designated Willamette River Water Trail and a potential future footbridge project which will connect across Willamette Slough from the south end of Riverfront Park to Minto Brown Island Park (900 acres), adding fourteen miles of trails to the network.  Salem Downtown Parks Connections - Three Parks, Two Bridges, One Community.  

Important Documents

Staff Contact
Sheri Wahrgren  503.540.2495

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