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Project update

The new Whilamut Passage Bridge opened to traffic in August 2013. All paths in Alton Baker Park that had been closed during construction have been reopened. Path users may experience intermittent delays or detours as work is completed near the bridge.

Crews are constructing a new multi-use pedestrian path along the south bank of the Willamette River. Watch for equipment and crews on Franklin Boulevard as this work continues until September.

Artists, landscape planners and construction crews continue to install design enhancements and restore natural areas. Design enhancements will be complete in 2014 and natural restoration work will be completed in 2015.

 

 

 

 

Design Enhancements

The "River" design enhancement was installed on the north end of the Whilamut Passage Bridge in July 2013. Etched into its pedestal are the names of the eight Native American bands that make up the Kalapuya tribes, the area's first residents-- Ahantchuyuk, Atfalati, Chemapho, Chepenefa, Lackiamute, Santaim, Yamell and Yoncalla. The Kalapuya today are members of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde.

It is a 42-foot-long stainless steel depiction of a river and canoe flanked by camas flowers and cattails that runs between the north-and southbound bridges. Recognizing that travelers would not see all the detail driving by at 60 miles per hour, the artist intended that those driving by the would do so often and see something new each time.

Construction Update

Activities for April 2014

  • Work continues on the north side of Franklin Blvd to construct the new multi-use pedestrian path along the south bank of the Willamette River. Watch for equipment and crews working beside the travel lane as you travel west.
  • Path users may experience intermittent path delays or detours as the project team continues to work near the Whilamut Passage Bridge.
  • Artists, landscape planners and construction crews continue to install design enhancements and restore natural areas. Design enhancements will be complete in 2014 and natural restoration work will be complete in 2015.