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Welcome to the Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge Website!

The City of Portland is beginning work to design a new bike and pedestrian bridge over I-5 to connect the historic Lair Hill neighborhood with the emerging South Waterfront district. The bridge will span approximately 700 feet, and will have 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 will be adjacent to the aerial tram and will include improvements to some pedestrian crossings in the area.

What's New? What’s new with the Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge Project? The most recent developments are listed at the top.

Plan to join us for our second open house from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7. This is your chance to review the recommended bridge concept and see 3-D images of what the bridge could look like. The open house will be held at David Evans Associates, 2100 SW River Parkway, Portland.

The online survey was taken by over 200 people, to learn about the community's priorities and preferences for the Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge.

The first public open house was attended by over 70 people. All of the display boards that were shown during the open house are posted on the meeting materials page.

The design process for the bridge is just beginning. The first phase, aimed at selecting a preferred design concept, will be complete in September. After September, engineers and designers will work for another ten months to develop construction-ready plans. Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2009 and be complete in late 2010.

Though this project is being undertaken by the City of Portland, the project’s design and construction costs are funded by the Federal Highway Administration (with a local participation match). The project team is excited to work with community members to design a bridge that is safe, attractive, and functional.

The project’s Citizen Advisory Committee, a group that includes neighborhood, business and interest group representatives, as well as property owners, meets regularly with members of the Technical Advisory Committee made up of City staff. In addition, the project will periodically host public open houses to share information and gather input.