New Pedestrian Bridge Opening in Salem Oregon
Salem has many parks, but there are three in particular that receive a large amount of foot traffic: Waterfront, Minto Brown, and Wallace Marine. With many Salemites utilizing the existing pedestrian bridge, which connects the Waterfront park to Wallace Marine Park, it would only make sense to make another bridge that connects the Waterfront park with Minto Brown, as it is an equally frequented park.
This would allow people to travel with ease in between parks, allowing them to go from one end of town to the other. The unity of the parks would give a vast amount of continuous path to bike, run, and walk on for a whole day of fun.
The three parks that are connected are not small parks, and in fact, Minto Brown is the largest in Salem.
“I’m truly excited for the new pedestrian bridge because I believe it has the potential to add to both the aesthetic and convenience of the area,” Alexandria Clark ‘17 said. “I am sure the community will really appreciate the opportunity it provides.”
Oregon Bridge Engineering Company [OBEC] is the corporation of consulting engineers who are working on this new bridge.
“OBEC has designed more than half a dozen similarly sized long-span pedestrian bridge projects,” Bob Goodrich, Division manager of The Peter Courtney Minto Island Pedestrian Bridge said. “The design phase for the project as a little over two years long, while the design itself did not take that long. The processes to obtain all the necessary permits controlled the duration of the design phase. There were probably around one dozen different permits from federal and state agencies as well as some City permits.”The Peter Courtney Minto Island Pedestrian Bridge is going to have a 14 foot wide deck, and span from the Waterfront park, to Minto Brown park; a length of over three hundred feet.
Total, the bridge and path will cost at least ten million dollars to construct, and is expected to be finished sometime this year.