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Sellwood Bridge committee to discuss design features and cost savings

Multnomah County Press Release - July 6, 2011

The Community Advisory Committee for the Sellwood Bridge Project will meet on Monday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. to review and discuss design features and cost-saving ideas for the new bridge.  The meeting will be held at SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Avenue.

The agenda includes a presentation on design features by architect Ricardo Rabines, who will present concepts for lighting, fencing, and surface treatments for structural elements and shared-use paths.  The citizen committee’s input will be considered during final design of bridge features this year. 

With the project facing an estimated $42 million funding shortfall, a brainstorming exercise on cost-saving ideas has been added to the agenda.  The project team is looking for suggestions that can reduce the project’s cost without delaying the project or requiring new environmental studies.  Some project elements may be postponed until a second construction phase if the funding gap is not closed this year.

The committee includes local residents representing neighborhoods, businesses, bridge neighbors, transportation modes that use the bridge, river users, and design professionals.  The project is in final design following selection of the consultant teams that will design and construct the project. 

Multnomah County maintains the Sellwood Bridge and 300 miles of roads and bridges.  For project information, visit www.sellwoodbridge.org.