June 24, 2024

Multnomah County will hold a press availability later this week for news outlets to meet the Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge Project team. The County project managers, lead designer and contractor for the project will be available for interviews.   

When: Friday, June 28th 

Where: Tom McCall Waterfront Park pathway, south of Ankeny Pump Station

Time: 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – interviews start promptly at 10  

Visuals: Following interviews, one pool TV videographer and one pool still photographer will get a tour inside the Burnside Bridge.       

Please RSVP to pressoffice@multco.us  

This press event is ahead of a historic milestone for the project. On July 1st, Multnomah County will launch its online survey, asking the community for input on the future look of the new Burnside Bridge. 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.  

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