What’s happening now?
The Blumenauer Bridge has been successfully placed over I-84 and attached to the temporary tower between the interstate and the railroad tracks in Sullivan's Gulch. The next step is to install the last two sections of the arch across the railroad. The two sections will connect the bridge to the north foundation that was constructed earlier in the project. Once those two sections are installed, the final part of the arch will be connected to the foundation at the top of the bank on the north side. Following that the bridge will be connected to its permanent foundations and the temporary shoring tower it is currently resting on will be removed.
During construction, the contractor will construct a bridge foundation on the south edge of Sullivan’s Gulch and two foundations on the north side. A temporary tower will be constructed between the I-84 freeway and railroad tracks to aid with erecting the bridge. The bridge itself will be assembled on NE Seventh Avenue at Flanders Street on the south side of the freeway. The bridge will be moved into place across the freeway and onto the temporary tower. Following this, crews will connect the bridge to the north landing. Construction on the Blumenauer Bridge began in December 2019.
This work is weather dependent.
The Blumenauer Bridge will serve as a vital connection for pedestrians and people biking between two of Portland’s fastest growing neighborhoods—Lloyd and the Central Eastside—and beyond. In the future it will also serve as an important link in Portland’s Green Loop.
This new bridge will be 475-feet long and 24-feet wide, spanning over seven lanes of I-84 traffic, two active railroad lines, and Sullivan’s Gulch. The completed bridge will have a 10-foot wide pedestrian path and a 14-foot wide path for two-way bicycle traffic.
The bridge will be seismically resilient and serve as a backup route for emergency vehicles over I-84 in the event of an earthquake. In addition to the bridge, the project includes two new public plazas and landings on the north and south sides of the bridge.
The bridge will be located along the NE 7th Avenue alignment to best serve the geographic centers of both districts, link to existing and planned bike routes, and reduce conflicts with truck traffic. The nearest existing connections, on NE Grand Avenue and NE 12th Avenue, are substandard for pedestrian and bicycle use and have significant conflicts with freight and automobile traffic.
This bridge is being constructed by HP Civil Inc., an Oregon-based construction company. Watch the video below to learn how it was fabricated!
Originally called “Sullivan’s Crossing” during its design and development, the bridge was officially named the Congressman Earl Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge in May 2019 to honor the congressman’s steadfast, decades-long advocacy for cycling and pedestrian issues in Portland and across the country.
The estimated construction cost is $13.7 million. Funding for the project comes from the Oregon Convention Center Urban Renewal Area and from Transportation System Development Charges (TSDCs), which are fees paid by development to mitigate the impact of new users of the transportation system.
Other funding sources include a commitment from the nonprofit transportation management association Go Lloyd and the Central Eastside Industrial Council.
In January 2019, PBOT retained HP Civil Inc., an Oregon-based construction company, as general contractor for the project. The project includes 32% participation from Disadvantaged, Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, Emerging Small Businesses, or Service Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises (D/M/W/ESB/SDVBE) including an equity partner, West Side Iron, a minority-owned Oregon business responsible for delivering and assembling the bridge structure.