Willamette Bridges Need Repair, Town Hall: Jan 31, 2008

01/31/2008 - 6:00pm
01/31/2008 - 8:00pm

Town halls focus on funding for Willametter River bridge repairs

When: Thursday, January 31, 2008 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Where: Multnomah County East Building
Sharron Kelley Room
600 NE 8th St
Greshamm, Oregon

Multnomah County has scheduled a series of town hall meetings to present information on the condition of its Willamette River bridges and a proposal to fund their repair.

County Chair Ted Wheeler will share information on the county’s 20-year capital shortfall of $490 million for its six bridges across the Willamette.
Bridge repair needs range from replacing or repairing the Sellwood Bridge to safety improvements such as replacing the open steel grating on the Morrison Bridge. The Board of County Commissioners is considering referring a measure for the May ballot that would increase the county vehicle registration fee to raise funds for bridge repairs.

Town hall meetings are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, January 31, 6 – 8 pm
    Multnomah County East Building
    Sharron Kelley Room
    600 NE 8th St
  • Monday, February 4, 6 – 8 pm
    Midland Library
    805 SE 122nd Ave
  • Monday, February 11, 6 – 8 pm
    Multnomah Building
    501 SE Hawthorne Blvd
  • Tuesday, February 19, 6 – 8 pm
    North Portland Health Clinic
    9000 N. Lombard Blvd

The meeting format will include a presentation, an opportunity for the public to ask questions and share comments, and time to view displays on the condition and repair needs of the Willamette River bridges.

Multnomah County’s Willamette River bridges include the Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne, Morrison, Sauvie Island and Sellwood. The bridges range in age from 50 to 98 years. Each day more than 180,000 vehicles cross the bridges, in addition to an estimated 12,000 bicyclists and thousands of pedestrians.

For more information contact Michael Pullen, Multnomah County Public Affairs Office, 503-988-6804, by email at mike.j.pullen@co.multnomah.or.us, or visit http://www.co.multnomah.or.us