Portland Parks committed to carfree bridge over Columbia Blvd.

After budget scare, Portland Parks says they’re committed to carfree bridge over North Columbia Blvd.

Proposed Columbia Blvd bike pedestrian bridge rendering
Artist rendering of the proposed bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Columbia Blvd, part of the npGREENWAY

Back in November 2023, trail advocates were dismayed to learn that Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) claimed a $3-4 million funding shortfall meant they could only build a standard, at-grade crossing to get trail users over the busy, high-speed, industrial truck traffic on Columbia Blvd. The bridge had been planned for years, much of the funding had been secured, and design was well underway when the announcement was made.

The official shift in stance came via the City of Portland’s Freight Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, February 1st. Portland Bureau of Transportation Resources Manager Mark Lear told committee members he talked to PP&R Trail Planning Manager Brett Horner and learned that he was “feeling pretty positive about a grant they’re going to apply for.”

After budget scare, Parks says they’re committed to carfree bridge over Columbia Blvd – BikePortland

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