Portland Set To Build Innovative Pedestrian and Bike Bridge

Artist Rendering of Portland's Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge

Artist Rendering of Portland's Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge

Portland, Oregon continues to set the standard of being a bike and pedestrian friendly city by building a 700 foot bridge over Interstate 5 that will allow users to travel from the Lair Hill neighborhood to the South Waterfront District. The Gibbs Street bridge is only for walking and bike riding. Portland bike commuters will benefit from taxes paid by car owners, as, according to Bike Portland, a percentage of the cost of the bridge will come from gas tax and new vehicle registration.

Here’s a video of how the bridge will look:

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Building is scheduled to begin this month and is expected to be finished in one year. The bridge will be alongside the aerial tram, just one segment of Portland’s cutting edge public transportation system which also includes MAX Light Rail. To reduce cost, planners went with a steel box girder style bridge. The structure will include stairways and an elevator. The plan also includes improvements to pedestrian crosswalks around the area.

Photo Simulation of Portland's Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge

Photo Simulation of Portland's Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge

Pedestrian bridges show a continued commitment by that of the city to maintain safe and convenient alternatives to car travel. It also shows a dedication to supporting citizens in leading a healthy lifestyle.

You can read more about the project at Gibbs Bridge.org and more photos here.

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