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Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements
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Project improvements enhance and encourage
pedestrian and bicycle travel
CRC is working to improve opportunities to travel by foot and bike between
the communities of North Portland, Hayden Island and Vancouver. The CRC project
will improve the existing narrow sub-standard pedestrian and bicycle facilities
to encourage up to 1,000 pedestrians and 5,000 bicyclists a day to cross the
river on the new bridge by 2030.
Covered path over Columbia River
The CRC project is designing a replacement I-5 crossing with two bridge structures. The northbound structure will carry vehicle traffic above and have a
covered path for pedestrians and bikes on a deck below.
The path across the Columbia River will be up to 20 feet wide, allow for
natural light and include views of Mt. Hood. This design also will minimize
exposure to noise, dust and exhaust from vehicles. The CRC is committed to
ensuring this multiuse path will be safe and comfortable for users. A safety and
security plan will be developed as the project develops.
Multi-use paths connect communities
The CRC project will carry a new multi-use path over the Columbia River,
greatly improving conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists. Miles of multi-use
paths, bike lanes and sidewalks will be added or improved within the CRC project
On Hayden Island and in Vancouver, new and reconstructed sidewalks, bike
lanes and multi-use paths will improve connections to regional trails, transit
stations and neighborhoods on either side of I-5. An
under consideration by the Oregon Legislature would postpone some bicycle and pedestrian improvements on the east side of I-5 to a later phase; a pathway on the west side of I-5 would be built in the initial construction phase. Decisions on phasing will be made by the Oregon and
Washington legislative bodies as they consider funding options.
phased construction on Hayden Island.
Metro and Drive Less/Save More have produced a short video demonstrating
how to safely cross the existing Interstate Bridge by bicycle. Learn more about
regional cycling opportunities by visiting
Metro’s Bike There! website.
Community feedback shapes designs
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC) helped guide the
development of improvements for people who walk or bike within or through the
project area. The group helped the project develop a map of existing pathways,
design guidelines, projections for future use by pedestrians and bicyclists and
elements for a maintenance and security plan.
A description of the project's pedestrian and bicycle elements is included in
the Final Environmental
Impact Statement, along with other design refinements and community and
The project will continue to work with the community and advisory committees on
design details such as bicycle parking, facility maintenance and security,
pavement striping and signs.