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Next Portland bridge won't allow cars, either

PORTLAND BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION - Computer-generated image of Flanders Crossing bridge over I-405.For the second time in a row, a new Portland bridge won’t carry any private motor vehicles.

The Flanders Cross over I-405 is designed for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Oregon Transportation Commission announced the state will contribute $2.9 million to the project on Sunday. The Portland Bureau of Transportation will provide the remaining $3 million. The money will come from transportation system development charges that are collected from new developments around the city and which can only be used to expand the capacity of Portland’s transportation system.

The last new bridge, TriMet’s Tillikum Crossing over the Willamette River, is closed to private cars, trucks and motorcycles, too.

Work on the $5.9 million bridge that will connect Northwest Flanders Street on both sides of the freeway could begin as early as 2018.

According to the PBOT announcement, the bridge will be about 250 feet long and 24 feet wide. It is expected to ultimately carry around 9,100 trips a day, about five number of pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the Tillikum Crossing.

The idea of a pedestrian and bicycle connection over I-405 has been around for a long time. Former Mayor Sam Adams proposed using the original Sauvie Island bridge for that purpose when it was scheduled to be replaced. The rest of the City Council balked at the more than $5 million price tag, however.

You can read more about the project at content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORPORTLAND/bulletins/15e35ce