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Portland’s aging downtown bridges are not expected to withstand a major earthquake. That is why Multnomah County is taking the lead on making at least one crossing earthquake ready. Located in the heart of downtown, the Burnside Bridge is a regionally established lifeline route across the Willamette River. 

Community Task Force

Multnomah County is recruiting volunteers to serve on a Community Task Force, an advisory body that will provide important input during the environmental study phase of the Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge project. 

Project Status

We started with over 100 earthquake resilient river crossing options. Now, we are down to just over 20 remaining options for further evaluation.

Through two rounds of screening, the list of options has been narrowed down to two groups for further evaluation: Enhanced Seismic Retrofit and Replacement. To learn more about what has been considered, how options will continue to be evaluated and to weigh in, check out the Online Briefing.

Fact Sheet

Burnside Bridge Maintenance Project

We are also doing maintenance on the Burnside Bridge through 2019. The Burnside Bridge Maintenance Project will repair and improve the bridge to keep it safe and working for another 15-20 years.

Questions or Comments? 

Please use this form to contact the project team with any questions or comments or to sign up for project updates.