June 24, 2024

Be a part of this historic moment! On July 1st, Multnomah County will launch its online survey, asking the community for input on the future look of the new Burnside Bridge. This is all part of the Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge Project. The County is considering three cable stay and three tied arch options of various sizes for the east side of the bridge. Before taking the survey, the public will have the opportunity to learn about all of the bridge type options by using interactive graphics and watching 3D videos that simulate the experience of being on and near the bridge. At nearly 100 years old, this is the community’s bridge and the County wants its new construction to be something the community is proud of now and into the future. The survey will be open until July 31st. Stay tuned for the official survey launch announcement and information on access.  

During the public input period, the County will be hosting several summer outreach events, including the one below, to get the community involved in the project and encourage participation in the survey. Stay tuned for an announcement on all of the summer outreach events.

A Night Out with the Burnside Bridge Team! 

Join project team members and community representatives at an interactive live panel discussion. Enjoy refreshments while you learn about the project and design options for the future Burnside Bridge.

When: Thursday, July 11 

Where: OMSI’s Theory Restaurant & Lounge, 1945 S.E. Water Ave. Portland, OR 

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

RSVP here

Background: Right now, none of downtown Portland’s Willamette River vehicular bridges will be immediately usable after a major earthquake. Multnomah County is leading an effort to replace the current Burnside Bridge with one that can withstand a Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake. It’s currently one of the largest earthquake resilience projects in Oregon.

For more information on the project, visit: https://www.multco.us/earthquake-ready-burnside-bridge