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Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements

Illustrated map of project area showing pedestrian and bicycle improvements

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Project improvements would have enhanced and encouraged pedestrian and bicycle travel

CRC was working to improve opportunities to travel by foot and bike between the communities of North Portland, Hayden Island and Vancouver. The CRC project would have improved 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 was designing a replacement I-5 crossing with two bridge structures. The northbound structure would have carried vehicle traffic above and have a covered path for pedestrians and bikes on a deck below.

The path across the Columbia River would have been up to 20 feet wide, allow for natural light and include views of Mt. Hood. This design minimized exposure to noise, dust and exhaust from vehicles. CRC was committed to ensuring this multiuse path would be safe and comfortable for users. A safety and security plan would have been prepared as the project developed. More about bridge design.

Multi-use paths connect communities

The CRC project would have carried 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 would have been added or improved within the CRC project area.

On Hayden Island and in Vancouver, new and reconstructed sidewalks, bike lanes and multi-use paths would have improved connections to regional trails, transit stations and neighborhoods on either side of I-5. An option under consideration by the Oregon Legislature might have postponed 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 have been built in the initial construction phase. Decisions about phasing were within the purview of the Oregon and Washington legislative bodies as they considered funding options. More about phased construction on Hayden Island.

Community feedback shaped 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.

Next steps

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 environmental effects.

The project planned to continue working with the community and advisory committees on design details such as bicycle parking, facility maintenance and security, pavement striping and signs.