Multnomah County officials agree to defer and lower Portland's Sellwood Bridge payments to offset library district hitBeth Slovic, The Oregonian - November 7, 2012
Multnomah County and city of Portland officials have hatched a deal to lessen the impact of Tuesday's library district vote on Portland's bottom line, according to Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen.
The creation of a permanent library taxing district, which Multnomah County voters handily approved, could drain as much as $10 million a year from Portland's general fund budget, city officials estimate.
Just beyond the north side of the Sellwood Bridge, construction workers have been busy building what looks like a “bridge to nowhere”.
But, when the center span of the old Sellwood Bridge is carefully winched 40 feet north onto the new piers in January, it should mate perfectly with the approach ramps being constructed for it, as it becomes the “temporary” Sellwood Bridge, while construction of the new bridge gets underway just to its south.
Consequently, for the past month, other contractors were pile-driving supports for what will become the foundation of two “work bridges” to permit the construction of the brand new replacement Sellwood Bridge.
At a lively meeting Wednesday night, Southwest Miles Place residents and trail users shared preliminary ideas about the design of a regional trail to be constructed along the riverfront street as part of the Sellwood Bridge Project.
Engineers told them bridge and other improvements mean they can expect thousands of bicyclists to travel Miles Place daily.
Tomorrow night, Multnomah County will hold a public meeting to discuss the future SW Miles Place Regional Trail. As part of the Sellwood Bridge Project, the County has decided to connect the path on the west end of the bridge to the existing Willamette Greenway Trail from the Macadam Bay houseboat community just north of the bridge, to Willamette Park.