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Library

The Library is a resource for project background, reports, and other information. The Library will be updated throughout the project as new information becomes available.

(Materials from open houses and past meetings are also organized on the past events page. Materials from past committee meetings are available on the past committee meetings page.)

Unless otherwise noted, the following files are available as PDFs and require Acrobat Reader to view. Download times may vary with file size.

Phase 3: Final Design

Date  Content
Name/DescriptionSize
2013-04-30 Document

Greenroads certification info sheet

1.2 mb
2013-01-01 Newsletter

Archived Content 2013

(link)
2012-07-19 Document

County Commissioners Resolution No. 2012-095
Approving the Public Stakeholder Committee's Final Design Recommendation for the Sellwood Bridge

472 kb
2012-04-17 Map

Macadam Bay Driveway Alternatives
Driveway options shared at the April 17, 2012 open house.

3.6 mb
2012-02-02 Document

City of Portland Land Use Permit Documentation

4.1 mb
2012-01-01  Newsletter

Archived Content 2012

(link)
2011-11-04 Newsletter

Newsletter #7 - November 2011
The seventh newsletter covers the beginning of construction activities, the shoofly detour bridge, possible bridge feautres, westside construction impacts, and announces the November 16, 2011 open house.

885 kb
2011-04-19 Document

Who uses the Sellwood Bridge? Fact Sheet
Information on who uses the Sellwood Bridge from the regional transportation model developed by Metro.

115 kb
2011-01-27 Document County Commissioners Resolution No. 2011-007
Approving the Public Stakeholder Committee's Recommendation for Sellwood Bridge 30%
Design Elements
89 kb
2011-02-01 Document

Sellwood Bridge IGA
Intergovernmental Agreement between Multnomah County and the City of Portland.

55 kb
2011-12-31 Newsletter

Archived Content 2011

(link)
2011-11-23 Document

Open House #9 Summary and Comments

144 kb
2011-11-17 Display

Open House #9 Display Boards

7 mb
2011-11-17 Document

Handout and Proposed Construction Schedule

280 kb
2011-08-22 Document

Online Open House Summary

700 kb

Phase 2: Bridge Type Selection

Date 
Content
Name/DescriptionSize
2010-12-31 Newsletter

Archived Content 2010

(link)
2010-06-01 Newsletter Newsletter #6 - June 2010
The sixth newsletter covers the refinements made to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) preferred alternative. It also covers the bridge types being considered during the current phase and how the public can comment on the document, either in person or online.
3.16 mb
2010-07-21 Display Open House #7 Display Boards
The open house display boards with information about the potential bridge types.
5.96 mb
2010-11-30 Document Record of Decision - September 2010
Federal Highway Administration approval of Preferred Alternative
4.6 mb
2010-08-01 Document Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) - August 2010
Read the FEIS and Section 4(f) Evaluation
(link)
2010-07-21 Document Open House #7 Summary 262 kb
2010-08-30 Document

Survey #6 Summary

The purpose of this survey was to obtain public feedback on community values and bridge type selection preferences for the Sellwood Bridge replacement.

447 kb

Phase 1: Planning Under NEPA

DateContent
Name/DescriptionSize
2010-05-12 Document

Sellwood Bridge Interchange Area Management Plan

6 mb
2009-12-31 Newsletter

Archived Content 2009

(link)
2009-10-22 Document Local Vehicle Registration Fee Proposal
This fact sheet discusses Multnomah County's approach for the proposed local vehicle registration fee.
140 kb
2009-09-30 Display Open House #5 Display Boards
The open house display boards with information about the revisions made to the preferred alternative since February 2009.
3.17 mb
2009-09-30 Document Open House #5 Summary
This summary lists the details of the open house, as well as comments that the project team gathered from the public.
222 kb
2009-01-05 Document Comment Summary - December 2008
A summary of the comments sent to the project about the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS). This document was shared with the Community Task Force and Policy Advisory Group.
158 kb
2008-12-31 Newsletter

Archived Content 2008

(link)
2008-11-01 Document Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Download the document or view it online. Comments will be collected on the document between November 7 and December 22. View the Executive Summary, Draft Environmental Impact Statement, and Draft 4(f) Section Evaluation.
(link)
2008-11-01 Video Briefing Presentation
A complete presentation (created for the website), based on the information shared at the November briefings. Approximately 38 minutes long, the presentation has been broken into 8 chapters. 
n/a
2008-11-01 Newsletter Newsletter #5 - November 2008
The fifth newsletter covers the five alternatives that were studied in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) and how the public can comment on the document, either in person or online.
722 kb
2008-05-28 Slides Right of Way Presentation
Updated Right of Way maps were created as part of the draft EIS and presented to local property owners.
1.5 mb
2007-12-31 Newsletter

Archived Content 2007

(link)
2007-10-01 Newsletter Newsletter #4 - October 2007
The fourth newsletter covers the preliminary bridge types, the five alternatives that will be studied in the draft environmental impact statement (draft EIS), and information about the fourth public event.
644 kb
2007-11-28 Document Open House #4 Orientation Handout
A handout describing the purpose for the open house, ways to share your input, and how to contact the project after the open house.
66 kb
2007-11-28 Slides Open House #4 Orientation Presentation 
This was the presentation that individuals viewed at the open house.
2.2 mb
2007-11-28 Display Open House #4 Display Boards 
The display boards that were shown at the open house.
6.4 mb
2007-10-01 Document Alternatives for the draft environmental impact statement (EIS)
This memo explains the five alternatives that will be studied in the draft EIS, as approved by the Policy Advisory Group (PAG).
56 kb
2007-09-24 Document Alternative Evaluation Findings Memo
This memo explains the findings from the evaluation of all the alternatives.
1.2 mb
2007-07-25 Display Open House #3 Display Boards
The display boards that were shown at the open house.
1.1 mb
2007-07-10 Document Alternative Evaluation Methodology Memo
This memo explains how the project alternatives were compared against the evaluation criteria, as specified in the Evaluation Framework Memo (Decision Point 3).
611 kb
2007-07-09 Slides Alternative Evaluation Presentation
This presentation by the project technical team to the Community Task Force explains the results of the alternative evaluation (see above memo) and the tool used to rank and compare the alternatives.
890 kb
2007-07-01 Newsletter Newsletter #3 - July 2007
The third newsletter covers the decision points that have been reached, the first round of bridge concepts, and information about the third public event.
184 kb
2007-06-22 Document Range of Alternatives
This memorandum identifies concepts that will be developed into alternatives and advanced for further consideration as adopted by the Policy Advisory Group and recommended by the Community Task Force.
1.7 mb
2007-04-01 Newsletter Newsletter #2 - March 2007
The second newsletter covers decision points that have been reached, the first round of bridge concepts, and information about the second public event.
821 kb
2007-01-29 Document Evaluation Framework Memo
The Policy Advisory Group adopted this version of the Evaluation Framework, which was recommended by the Community Task Force.
668 kb
2006-12-31 Newsletter Archived Content 2005-2006
(link)
2006-11-29 Document  Purpose and Need Statement
The Policy Advisory Group adopted this version of the Purpose and Need Statement.
94 kb
2006-10-25 Document Open House #1 Orientation Handout
A handout describing the purpose for the open house, ways to share your input, and how to contact the project after the open house.
86 kb
2006-10-25 Document Open House #1 Schedule Handout
Project schedule handout.
80 kb
2006-10-25 Document Open House #1 Bridge and Roadway Deficiencies Handout
A handout describing covering the Bridge and Roadway deficiencies.
63 kb
2006-10-25 Slides Open House #1 Orientation Presentation
This was the presentation that individuals viewed at the open house. 
580 kb
2006-10-25 Display Open House #1 Display Boards
The display boards that were shown at the open house.
6.28 mb
2006-10-01 Newsletter Newsletter #1 - October 2006
This first newsletter helps explain the Sellwood Bridge project, including who is involved, the project schedule, and how you can get involved.
3.8 mb
2006-09-25 Document

Comparison of Rehabilitation versus Replacement Concepts
This document outlines the differences between rehabilitation and replacement of the bridge.

975 kb
2006-08-01 Document Preliminary Plan and Policy Memo
This document:
  • Summarizes land use and transportation policies that relate to the project;
  • Supplies information for the creation of evaluation criteria and project alternatives; and
  • Identifies on-going or planned studies that may relate to the project area.
This memo does not offer a complete review of all plans and policies. A thorough review of plans and policies will be conducted as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis task, which will follow the development of bridge alternatives.
1 mb
2006-08-01 Document Roadway Deficiencies Memo
This document outlines the shortcomings of the roadway connecting to and crossing the Sellwood Bridge.
1.1 mb
2006-07-31 Slides Purpose and Need Presentation
This presentation was given to the Community Task Force to explain the requirements of a Purpose and Need Statement.
164 kb
2006-07-31 Document Purpose and Need Public Comments
This memo outlines the public comments that were collected by the project team, which influenced the purpose and need of the project.
54 kb
2006-06-07 Document Decision-Making Structure and Process Memo
This memo describes the decision-making structure and process for delivering the Sellwood Bridge Project as agreed by the Project Advisory Group on June 7, 2006.
165 kb
2007-01-25 Document Project Glossary of Terms
This glossary explains the acronyms, groups, agencies, and bridge terms used in the project documents and this web site.
23 kb
2006-11-09 Document Notice of Intent
The Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement was published on the Federal Register.
39 kb
2006-10-1 Document

Survey #1 Summary

The Purpose and Need Statement was refined based on public feedback from an online survey and the October open house.

65 kb
2006-10-25 Document

Open House #1 Summary

329 kb
2006-10-25 Document

Issues Wall Summary

48 kb

Pre-Project Documents

Date  Content
Name/DescriptionSize
2005-10-31 Document 2005 David Evans and Assoc. Bridge Report Executive Summary
The Sellwood Bridge Evaluation and Repair Study was performed to answer key questions about the existing safe load carrying capacity of the bridge. This executive summary is intended for nontechnical audiences.
24 mb
2001-10-01 Document Tacoma Main Street Plan
This plan was completed by the City of Portland's Office of Transportation.
1.2 mb
2001-10-01 Map Tacoma Main Street Recommendation Maps
This set of maps goes with the Tacoma Main Street Plan.
2.2 mb
1999-05-01 Document South Willamette River Crossing Study
This memo describes the South Willamette River Crossing Study that was completed in May of 1999, by Metro. This memo outlines the assumptions, findings, and recommendations from the study.
8.7 mb