The City of Portland's new bike and pedestrian bridge over I-5 connects the historic Lair Hill neighborhood with the South Waterfront District. The bridge spans approximately 700 feet, and has a landing on the west side near the intersection of SW Gibbs Street and SW Kelly Avenue and on the east side near the intersection of SW Gibbs Street and SW Moody Avenue. The bridge is adjacent to the aerial tram and includes improvements to some pedestrian crossings in the area. Work activities began in January 2011 and the bridge was opened to the public in July 2012.
Thank you to everyone who attended the opening ceremonies. View a video of Mayor Sam Adam’s speech.
Here are a few pieces of information you might not know about the bridge:
1) Take your bike up the elevator or use the stairway (narrow lip on the ground is for bike tires).
2) The art on the elevator panels are by artist Anna Valentina Murch.
3) The stair-stepped side of the south waterfront landing (to the north of the elevator) is a water feature that will fill with rain water and run-off from the road, filtering it before it heads to the Willamette River.
Past Project Updates:
Read more about the previous project and construction updates on the Schedule page. Construction photos are also available on the Project Library page.