December 16, 2020

The Community Task Force for the Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge project will hold a virtual online meeting on Monday, December 21 from 6 - 8 pm focused on bridge types for the new bridge. The task force is scheduled to recommend a range of bridge types that will be considered for the new bridge and evaluation criteria topics to consider before the bridge type is selected next year.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the meeting is being held online and will be live streamed at The public can submit comments to be shared at the meeting. To submit a comment, email it to by noon on December 21. A recording of the meeting will be posted to the project website Library the week after the meeting. Meeting materials are available on the project website.

The Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge project is studying alternatives that would create a resilient lifeline crossing over the Willamette River in the event of a major earthquake. The task force has recommended that a new Long Span bridge with a movable span be built. The task force is studying issues related to the bridge type recommendation, which the group will make in early summer 2021. Design work is expected to begin in 2022 and construction in 2024.

In addition to the discussion and recommendations on evaluation criteria topics and the range of bridge types, the meeting agenda will include:

  • Public comment
  • Project update, including an update from the Urban Design and Aesthetics Work Group
  • Review of public outreach planned in January and February for (1) the range of bridge types and evaluation criteria and (2) the public comment period for the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Task force members represent residential areas, business districts, and interests including auto commuters, transit users, freight, pedestrians, bicyclists, river users, bridge history, social service agencies, and other organizations based near the bridge.

Multnomah County maintains the Burnside Bridge and leads the Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge project. For more information or to sign up for email notifications, visit