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Moving forward with the Gibbs Pedestrian Bridge

The City of Portland is working to build a new bike and pedestrian bridge over I-5 to connect the historic Lair Hill neighborhood with the 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. Work activities began in January 2011.

View of the bridge span getting ready for concrete decking (looking east).
Bridge Opening Slated for Early July
The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced that the Gibbs Street Bridge will open to the public within two weeks, after it rescheduled a Grand Opening celebration to accommodate the certification of the bridge's elevator.

Final items of construction work are still underway, including installation of closed circuit security cameras that will monitor both the bridge and the Portland Aerial Tram tower.

The Transportation Bureau heard from residents on both sides of the bridge emphasizing their excitement about reconnecting Lair Hill with the river for the first time in decades. Opening a bridge that is safe and accessible to all is a top priority for PBOT.

For more information, please contact Jean Senechal Biggs. Thank you.

What’s been happening?

June 22, 2012:
Bridge Opening is Slated for Early July. The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced that the Gibbs Street Bridge will open to the public within two weeks, after it rescheduled a Grand Opening celebration to accommodate the certification of the bridge's elevator.

June 15, 2012:
The Grand Opening is rescheduled. The Portland Bureau of Transportation is rescheduling the June 23 Grand Opening of the Gibbs Street Bridge to July or August, with a specific date to be determined in the coming weeks.

May 24, 2012:
We are hoping to have all work completed by mid-June so we can open the bridge: crews are currently finalizing the “punch list” items on the bridge and the elevator is nearing completion before a final inspection from the state.

Plans are underway for a Grand Opening!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 23 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm for a community event that include an opening ceremony, walking tours, and free Tram rides (from 9:00 am until noon). More details will be announced in a few weeks.

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.

Work activities began during the week of January 10, 2011. Construction work is expected to last one year. Bids were opened in October 2010 and the construction contract was awarded to Wildish Standard Paving Co., a Eugene-based company with experience building roads and bridges throughout the Pacific Northwest. Their bid was $6.7 million compared to the engineer's estimate of $8.1 million.

Construction comes after a year of work on a new design for the bridge after previous construction bids exceeded the project budget. With input from the Citizen’s Advisory Committee, the City selected a new bridge type to reduce the cost. The new bridge type is a Steel Box Girder. In addition, the city made other changes to the overall design including a simplified elevator and stairway design, and one elevator instead of two.

Construction Phone Lines

(503) 872-4732 - To listen to a recorded message about construction updates and the project in general.

(503) 736-4110 - To contact an on-site staff member for questions or complaints about the night time noise (as it is happening).

(503) 823-7211 - Please contact Jean Senechal Biggs, Project Manager, if you have any other questions about the project or noise concerns.

(503) 823-7350 – To contact the City’s Noise Control Hotline for further assistance with noise issues

The Bureau of Transportation fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the ADA Title II, and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. For accommodations and additional information, contact the Title II and Title VI Coordinator at Room 1204, 1120 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204, or by telephone at 503-823-5185, City TTY 503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.