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Friday, January 6, 2017

Flanders Crossing: Connecting Northwest PDX

SOURCE: CITY OF PORTLAND - The custom steel bridge allows for artistic flair and improved aesthetics.
Located between NW 15the and 16th, construction of the crossing won't begin on the $5.9 million project until early 2018.
" Flanders Crossing, the proposed pedestrian bridge over I-405 downtown, will connect foot and bike traffic between the Pearl District and the Northwest District and eventually tie into long-term plan for the city's proposed Green Loop."
Created on Sunday, 30 October 2016 | Written by Jules Rogers |

When built, pedestrians will cross I-405 safely downtown

Flanders Crossing, the proposed pedestrian bridge over I-405 downtown, will connect foot and bike traffic between the Pearl District and the Northwest District and eventually tie into long-term plan for the city's proposed Green Loop.
SOURCE: CITY OF PORTLAND - The location of the foot bridge would allow for increased foot traffic between the Pearl and Northwest Districts.
After successfully being funded in August, construction on the new pedestrian crossing over I-405 could begin as soon as April 2018.
The proposal for Flanders Crossing is located between Northwest 15th and 16th Avenues. A new traffic signal is proposed at 16th and Flanders, but not at 15th due to traffic studies of the I-405 southbound off-ramp.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is providing $3 million and ConnectOregon is granting $2,877,000 to reach a total cost of $5.9 million.

 ConnectOregon’s contracting staff is in the process of developing intergovernmental agreements with all the successful recipients of its grants, after which a contractor will be chosen for the build.
Scott Turnoy, freight program manager with ODOT, is involved with connecting the transportation project with the grants.
“They’re expecting construction perhaps by early 2018, so there’s a lot of prep work — scoping, permits — to acquire final plans for engineering that has to happen first,” Turnoy said.

“Long-term, it’s a critical connection for that segment from upper Northwest into Old Town along Flanders as a bikeway for the greenway.”

PBOT analyzed the bridge’s feasibility in a study that looked at six options for how to design and develop the bridge.
“They went through this pretty extensive assessment and did come up with preferred alternatives, but it’s hard to say what it’ll finally end up looking like,” Turnoy said. “I know in the study and plans they’ve got a lot of information that the region folks and Bicycle Advisory and Pedestrian Advisory Committees reviewed and saw this is an important project, an important connection to be made.”
The PBOT feasibility and alternatives study was conducted in November 2015, to provide safer pedestrian and bike crossing between the Northwest District and Pearl District. The study lists site constraints including traffic impacts during construction and the partial demolition of an existing ODOT retaining wall.

Pedestrian and bicyclist active communters, residents and shoppers safety is the reason there is a need for Flanders Crossing.

“My sense is that it’s a safety issue, a mobility issue of getting folks onto a safer crossing and off of some of the busier auto and truck thoroughfares in Northwest, and also to connect the bikeway along Flanders Street,” Turnoy said. “Given this one is a bike and pedestrian crossing over an interstate, there are certainly implications there for what the project needs to implement for safety.”
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http://www.pamplinmedia.com/but/239-news/329585-209062-flanders-crossing-connecting-northwest-pdx-

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