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Funding approved for bike and pedestrian bridge over I-405 in NW Portland

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Flanders Crossing. (Image: Portland Bureau of Transportation) Flanders Crossing. (Image: Portland Bureau of Transportation)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Construction on a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge over I-405 in northwest Portland could begin by April 2018.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced that funding is in place for the Flanders Crossing, which will connect the Pearl District to the Northwest District.

The bureau is providing $3 million of the $5.9 million cost, with the Oregon Transportation Commission's ConnectOregon program covering the rest.

The bridge will be about 250 feet long and 24 feet wide, with two 6 foot bike lanes and 6 foot sidewalks on each side.

The project also includes new crossings at Northwest 15th Avenue and 16th Avenue to help people get on and off the bridge.

Transportation officials estimate there could be 9,100 daily trips across Flanders Crossing.

The overall plan is to build a neighborhood greenway on Flanders stretching from Northwest 24th Avenue to the Steel Bridge, with Flanders Crossing being part of that, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Right now, there are no crossings like this over I-405. All other options for people on foot or bike essentially require crossing freeway onramps. These routes are often congested and do not provide sufficient space for those using active transportation. The Flanders Crossing will provide a safer alternative and will open up the option of walking and biking to people who don't feel comfortable crossing the freeway at other locations. -Portland Bureau of Transportation

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