DESIGN FOR SW GIBBS STREET PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE
Non-Binding City Policy
WHEREAS, Interstate 5 (I-5) creates a physical barrier separating the Lair Hill neighborhood from the Willamette River; and
WHEREAS, the SW Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge Over I-5 would create a needed bicycle and pedestrian link between the southwest neighborhoods and the Willamette River; and
WHEREAS, the SW Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge Over I-5 is an adopted project in the City of Portland Transportation System Plan; and
WHEREAS, the SW Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge Over I-5 was identified as a Tier-1 project in the Portland Aerial Tram Final Recommendations and Report (Adopted by City Council June 10th, 2004; Resolution No. 36224); and
WHEREAS, the Portland Office of Transportation received $9,719,977 from Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act:
A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), High Priority Project; and
WHEREAS, the Portland Office of Transportation convened a 13-member citizen advisory group and a 13-member technical advisory group that met jointly, conducted on-line surveys, and held two open houses to receive community feedback and guidance during the design development phase of the project; and
WHEREAS, the recommended design identifies the type and location of the bridge structure over I-5; and
WHEREAS, the Citizen Advisory Committee has submitted a recommendation in support of the recommended design, attached as Exhibit A;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Portland approves the recommended design for the SW Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge Over I-5 as Non-Binding City Policy; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Office of Transportation staff is directed to implement the improvements, attached as Exhibit B; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Council gratefully acknowledges the excellent work and dedication of the citizen advisory group and the willingness of the group to arrive at a design that can be implemented.
Resolution No. 36649, adopted by City Council December 8, 2008.