Suspension Bridge

Work continues on final stretch of bridge rehabilitation and restoration.

Lights on the underside of the West Linn pier in late June, 2012. Reopening target: October 15?
Arch bridge at night

Arch Bridge Shuttle

Free shuttle service for bicyclists and pedestrians whose commutes were displaced by the closure began January 15, 2011 between West Linn and Oregon City. The shuttle service will run seven days a week. Schedules, stop locations and route details are available from TriMet.

History of the first bridge between West Linn and Oregon City:

The wooden suspension bridge was opened November 1, 1888, and carried power cables that in June of 1889 lit downtown Portland at night for the first time. It was replaced in 1922 by a more modern, steel and gunite highway bridge, designed and built under the supervision of Conde McCullough, famous bridge designer for the Oregon Department of Transportation. The current 'old' (1922) bridge will be undergoing restoration by ODOT in 2011-12.

Walkers make their own history on the bridge on first day of the closure
The Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition, ODOT, and the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde co-sponsored a bridge-closing ceremony for pedestrians on January 15, 2011, the first day of the closure.  Here's a photo that gives the flavor of a very wet and well-received event that drew more than 700 people to the center of the 1922 span for memories, drumming, fry bread and history displays. The coalition is working to help pull together popular consensus around the formation of a future National Heritage Area for the falls-area communities.

Stay tuned to the Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition for info on the party that will happen for the reopening in October 2012.

Sea of umbrellas

This photo from February 20, 2011 shows railings ascending the arches, as ODOT prepares for the next step in its work on the project.

View from West Linn

How do you make an arch into a pyramid? With lots of scaffolding and white plastic. Photo taken in late February 2012.  Winds helped remove the plastic in May.

Almost enclosed in plastic