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Project background and description
Almost since the construction of the I-405 freeway in 1969, the Northwest and Pearl Districts needed a safer connection for pedestrians and people on bikes. The existing crossings over I-405 at NW Everett Street and NW Glisan Street are highly congested at peak hours, do not provide adequate pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and are located in the heart of a busy freeway ramp network.
In 2007, the City of Portland identified NW Flanders St. (and its crossing over I-405) as a biking and walking corridor to serve an area with high potential for future non-motorized trips as well as an alternate seismic-resilient route for emergency vehicles following an earthquake.
Flanders Crossing is 24 feet wide and stretches 200 feet across I-405. Designed for two-way pedestrian and bike traffic, the earthquake-resilient bridge also adds a seismic lifeline in the case of a major tremblor. PBOT has installed new traffic signals along NW Flanders Street, at 14th and 16th avenues, along with a four-way stop sign at 15th to make it easy for pedestrians and people biking to access the bridge from both directions.
Coupled with the Flanders Neighborhood Greenway -- a low-stress, east-west biking and pedestrian connection across Northwest Portland, the Pearl, Old Town, and into downtown Portland -- it is easier than ever to get where you need to go by walking, biking, rolling, strolling, or taking public transit.
To celebrate the new bridge and neighborhood greenway, PBOT is launching Go By Greenways: NW Gems, a scavenger hunt game you can play while touring the neighborhood and visiting some of the wonderful gems of Northwest Portland and the Pearl. Participants explore the new greenway, then are entered to win prizes when they collect codes along the way. Visit www.gobygreenways.com to start playing with your friends and family!
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The $9.5 million project is funded by ConnectOregon grant funds and Transportation System Development Charges. The project will employ approximately 100 people including subcontractors from over seven minority-owned businesses.