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Learn all about Flanders Crossing's new name - Ned Flanders Crossing!
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.
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The $9.5 million project is funded by ConnectOregon grant funds and Transportation System Development Charges. The project employed approximately 100 people including subcontractors from over seven minority-owned businesses.