This information relates to the new Sauvie Island Bridge that opened in 2008.

The comments tabulated below are a summary of comments received throughout the workshop. The comments represent the views of the individuals who made them. The comments do not necessarily represent the views of Multnomah County, its employees or consultant. Multnomah County takes no responsibility for the factual content contained in these comments.

Rocky Point Corridor

Traffic Issues

  • Consider connection further south at Lucy Reeder Rd. Extend road to Oak Island Rd.
  • Too far from city and connects to fragile dike roads that bicyclists enjoy.
  • Too far north for residential travel and recreational travel from Portland
  • Good route for produce going north and trips to Scappoose
  • Changes traffic flow, limits choice of roads on island

Environment Issues

  • Increases traffic through environmentally sensitive area around Rocky Pt Rd.

Infrastructure Issues

  • Need to upgrade road and dike south to Reeder Rd
  • Create east/west connection to Oak Island Rd.

Miscellaneous Issues

  • Increases noise impact in large residential area Return to top of page

Cornelius Pass Corridor

Traffic Issues

  • Too far from current location, most traffic comes from Portland
  • Cornelius Pass would have to be improved to handle extra traffic
  • Hwy 30 and Cornelius Pass already congested
  • Heavy truck traffic goes over Cornelius Pass. Makes good sense
  • Keep current bridge for bikes and peds
  • Interchange would provide better access on and off island
  • May attract more people to island than normally visit
  • Impact on fire station and response time from Portland for island emergencies
  • Heavy truck traffic on dike

Environment Issues

  • Wildlife impact on Hwy 30
  • BPA habitat (it crosses), federal property “Burlington Bottoms”

Infrastructure Issues

  • Impact on boat ramp on the island
  • Concerns about flooding on both sides (several comments)
  • Good access during flooding
  • Too costly. Long bridge.
  • High ground (good location)
  • Improvement to road on island side

Miscellaneous Issues

  • Would impact the most coherent residential area on the island, intersecting it and adding traffic to highly populated areas. It would disrupt protected wildlife area, wetlands, and state park area as well as a recently renovated boat ramp (Barbara Scot)
  • Concerned about impact on wildlife and access to river at a point where the county just spent money to upgrade boat ramp and negative impact on people living in houseboats, who have less financial clout than commercial/farmers.
  • Most northerly on island side (county already owns property), Wapato Park (140 acres), Willamette Greenway State Park
  • Noise and traffic impact to highly populated area, most highly identified neighborhood on island
  • Would touch down on only residential zone on island
  • Used to be a ferry in this location
  • Impact on moorages on Ferry Rd.
  • Ferry Rd. is already a public road
  • May be chances to get ODOT money
  • I like it

Reeder Road Corridor

Traffic Issues

  • Traffic and noise for nearby houses
  • Weaving problem from trucks to Cornelius Pass
  • Back up traffic on island, lose queue area
  • Good, close to center of community (school, Grange, church, middle of farm zones)
  • Increases traffic on Sauvie Island Rd
  • Will not add traffic on Reeder Rd, would get cars off dike
  • Bad, too much traffic by school and residential area
  • Good, takes trucks closer to Cornelius Pass Rd. where they already go

Environmental Issues

  • Concern over affect on wildlife and impact on busy intersection
  • Crosses BPA mitigation side (Burlington Bottoms)
  • Traffic noise and pollution, impact on wildlife

Infrastructure Issues

  • During high water, dike gets soft, trucks could not get to bridge, dike may need to be reinforced
  • Interchange better than intersection
  • High spot on island
  • When it floods can still get off island, connects to all roads
  • Elevated road over wetlands, could help with BPA area
  • Good spot on Hwy 30

Miscellaneous Issues

  • Worst choice
  • Goes over houseboats

Existing Bridge Corridor

Traffic Issues

  • Since most traffic to and from island is going to Portland, this is still the best location for a bridge. Should only consider this one.
  • Design new bridge to handle the high traffic in this location
  • Concern that traffic in autumn getting off island backs up
  • Make existing bridge for bikes/peds, keep it for something (several comments)
  • Keep existing bridge for cars and peds, build truck bridge
  • Have a truck bridge with a separate car bridge, good spot!
  • Build 2 bridges (side by side) to handle traffic
  • Good access to Portland
  • Traffic problem needs to be fixed, safety, black ice, congestion on Hwy 30

Environmental Issues

  • Less enviro impacts than other locations

Infrastructure Issues

  • Yes, if it includes rebuilding dike for high water access
  • Highest elevation on Hwy 30, no climb
  • High water causes saturation of dike and closes road to bridge
  • New bridge should be built to protect navigable channel’s width and height
  • Shortest span, bank to bank (several comments)
  • Have interchange instead of intersection to reduce traffic

Miscellaneous Issues

  • Has the most public and private investment reliance
  • Don’t want 2 bridges on island, no scenic loop
  • Least intrusive to life on island
  • People are used to this location, no additional impacts to people
  • The best solution
  • Bridge is already here
  • Most cost effective
  • If can’t use old bridge, take it down
  • Less time and money to design and build
  • County owns right of way
  • Makes most sense to me. Build immediately adjacent (if wish to still save “old” for bike, peds, emergency). But would cause least disruption of ongoing uses (farm and residential), would not intrude on important wetlands, would avoid natural gas line, would have least visual impact (e.g., not have spans at 2 different places)
  • Existing bridge corridor preferred: public and private investments are substantial with the existing corridor relied upon

Gillihan Road Corridor

Traffic Issues

  • Truck turning (no room)
  • Interchange good for trucks
  • Traffic flow works
  • Traffic on island would have hard time getting on bridge
  • Commercial south: home owners north, better to go south
  • Change in traffic flow to east
  • Future needs, should consider an interchange now

Environment Issues

  • Wildlife
  • Cottonwoods

Infrastructure Issues

  • Landing on island in water
  • Interchange not cost effective

Miscellaneous Issues

  • Bad location because: displaces houseboat moorages, disrupts significant habitat, twice as long in bridge length and more costly
  • Houseboat moorage, compensation, for loss of quality (several comments)
  • Expensive to compensate existing uses
  • Funds for non-motor use (bikes/peds), they aren’t paying for it
  • Bikes don’t pollute
  • Fiber optic cables
  • Corridor seems directly atop natural gas line under channel
  • High pressure natural gas line on island (22 feet deep)
  • Don’t want it to effect the existing bridge
  • Why create entire new corridor when it has no advantage over existing corridor? E.g. still requires interchange, all the delays of truck traffic, no good way to create turn lane off Hwy 30 because of upslope and track below.

Newberry Road Corridor

Traffic Issues

  • Hwy 30 is currently too congested here
  • Interchange would better allow for handling increased traffic during events, future traffic load on Hwy 30
  • Amount of annual traffic, width of hwy. and railroad, trucks do not allow enough area for stacking room at an intersection

Environmental Issues

  • Otter Beach wildlife habitat, from tip of island south of proposed location
  • Possible location of Miller Creek

Infrastructure Issues

  • Need longer structure than other options
  • No island infrastructure here
  • Lowest point on Hwy 30
  • Possible Corps of Engineers study needed for additional info concerning high water and condition of dike. Look at 1948 and 1996 flood info.
  • New/upgraded road in flood plain

Miscellaneous Issues

  • Keep existing bridge in addition to new location at Newberry. But may be too close to allow for 2 bridges.
  • Emergency plan for getting on island
  • 3 residences and lumber mill on island, log storage, office may require relocation on island side. Residence on Hwy 30 side also
  • Impact on moorages, noise, view, concentration of traffic nearby
  • Clearance for boat yard (sailboats), height of an existing bridge is not sufficient, impact on moorage and boat repair business
  • Possible better location further over at tip of island traveling directly south across channel to Hwy 30, allow staging area not addressed with proposed location.

Rivergate Corridor

Traffic Issues

  • Two bridges to cross (to get to downtown Portland), traffic too heavy in St. Johns
  • St. Johns Bridge is too old
  • Provide a cut through for St. Johns residents
  • Adds more traffic to island
  • Quick access for islanders
  • Inconvenient to most bridge users, forces through St. Johns
  • Not centrally located
  • Adds truck and car traffic in St Johns
  • Concentrates a larger area for traffic ingress/egress
  • Good access to I-5
  • Requires westbound trucks to go south to St Johns to get on Hwy 30 to go west
  • If old bridge is retained for autos only new bridge for both to dispose concentration of traffic

Environmental Issues

  • Too close to Columbia Slough and wildlife to shift it

Infrastructure Issues

  • How about a tunnel?
  • Cost too high (many comments) for navigation
  • Emergency access for (standards) seismic where as St Johns does not.

Miscellaneous Issues

  • Too close to new Wapato Jail
  • Proximity to high crime
  • Too far away for emergency response with Portland Fire and EMS
  • Susceptible to flooding Return to top of page

Other Corridors

  • Consider alignment south of Newberry Road Corridor at tip of island to make use of industrial area on west side of channel
  • Why look at other locations? Existing location is OK.
  • Should not explore option to keep existing bridge as second connection
  • A tunnel or chunnel
  • Ferry
  • Need 2 bridges: limit one for bikes/peds (smaller new bridge)
  • Look for places where public access already exists, Howell, Wapato, Ferry Rd., BLM Land
  • Look at long-term growth projections and development patterns

South Tip of Island Site

  • Keeps bridge at south end of island
  • Less traffic impact
  • Less change to grade

Morse Brothers/Angel Site

(lighted intersection, highest landing), south tip of island, so to old chip dump site on mainland

  • Advantages: No enviro issues
  • Area for staging
  • Minor disturbance (grading for landing)
  • Keeps traffic flow on south part of island
  • Limited improvements needed for existing roadway
  • Interchange best

Purpose and Need Statement

  • Objectives do not evaluate quality of life for islanders
  • Bridge should land on high ground on island. Won’t need dike protection if lands on high ground. Better flood, emergency protection.
  • Consider visual and noise impact of 2 crossings. Try to minimize visual impact.
  • Don’t build new bridge. Keep weight restriction to passenger cars and barge goods off island.
  • Barge won’t satisfy emergency service needs.
  • Why limit scope of study to 2-lane bridge? May need 4 lanes in future.
  • Deconstruction of existing bridge/removal (federal $)/relocation/reuse.
  • Add goals & objectives from Broadway 4-5-6 (Andy Smith)

Other Comments

  • Bikes don’t pollute, their cars do! Most bikers drive to the turnaround, then ride and drive back. Therefore, we don’t need 12 feet (of bridge) dedicated to bikes. I have seen 2 people walking over the bridge in past year. We only need wide pedestrian/bike areas each side: not both separate.
  • Heritage sites impact at all but possible current bridge corridor.
  • Where does most traffic on island go when it leaves island?
  • Where does most traffic to island originate?
  • Consider impacts to floating community
  • Keep island approach above floodplain