August 14, 2018 Update - PPF incorporating comments from PP&R and PBOT

We have submitted what are known as "60% design" documents to the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), and we are now incorporating comments from PBOT and Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) in preparation to submit "90% design" documents.  PP&R will own and maintain the Footbridge once it's completed.

When we are assured that no further significant design changes will be required, Portland Parks Foundation (PPF) can purchase steel for the bridge structure and authorize a start to off-site fabrication this fall.  We are also developing the construction contract that will include a guaranteed maximum price.  We expect to complete this process in September.

The adage "time is money" has never been truer than for this project.  Estimated costs of construction have escalated 20% since 2017.  PPF and its contractors are identifying potential savings, but the final budget for the entire Footbridge campaign since 2014 is likely to exceed $3 million.  Recent grants from the Wheeler Foundation and Travel Oregon have brought private funding past the $2 million mark, along with $700,000 in funds committed from the City of Portland and Metro.  PPF is working with the city to identify additional funding, as well as approaching foundations with proposals for the final funds needed.  Warm thanks to the nearly 1,000 generous individuals and organizations who have helped bring us so close to the finish line!  

Stay tuned for updates on the construction process, trail or lane closures, and other information about the progress on the Footbridge. We appreciate the community’s patience and support as this important safety measure and art work is brought to completion!