Starting in 2017, Multnomah County will begin repairs and improvements to the Burnside Bridge. During the repairs, we will also look for ways to make it safer during an earthquake. This is a separate project called the Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge study. The study will last two to three years.
Our region is threatened by quakes from the Cascadia Subduction Zone, off the Pacific coast. The Oregon Resilience Plan says there is about a one in three chance of an earthquake of magnitude 8 or greater in the next 50 years. This earthquake may cause thousands of deaths in the Portland area. Many of these deaths will occur because emergency routes are blocked or unusable.
The Burnside Bridge is a regional lifeline route that will help emergency services respond. We will use the information from the Earthquake Ready Study to come up with options on how to keep the bridge safer in an earthquake. These options may include a major overhaul or a new bridge. We will discuss the options with Portland residents, business owners and community organizations. That way we can make sure that we find the best solution for everyone. The next round of public meetings will be in summer 2017. Meeting dates will be announced on this website.
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