March 11, 2024

This week the public is invited to attend, watch and participate in the Community Design Advisory Group meeting for the Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge Project. The group will meet several times over the next two years during the Design Phase. At this meeting, the Community Design Advisory Group will get an update on the project’s design progress. The project team will share various iterations of tied arch and cable stay bridge types that are being considered for the new Burnside Bridge. This first look at some general visuals is in preparation for when the County asks for input from the Community Design Advisory Group and the general public this summer.     

The Community Design Advisory Group is made up of 22 community members who represent a broad range of interests and backgrounds from the community. The group will provide input to the project team on bridge aesthetics including lighting, railing types and concrete finishes on the bridge. This group will meet regularly throughout the Design Phase. For information on the group and a list of the members, visit:

When: Thursday, March 14, 2024 

Where: In-person at the Multnomah County Boardroom 100 – 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Virtual option: Click here to watch live online. 

Public Comment: There will be an opportunity for public comment at the end of the meeting. Each person will have three minutes for testimony. If you’d like to sign up for public comment, please email the project team at least 24 hours in advance: Include "CDAG Testimony” in the subject line and your name, contact information and how you would like to provide a comment – virtually or in-person - in the body of the email. A project team member will contact you with instructions. Written testimony submitted in advance will be summarized during the meeting and distributed to committee members.

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: