The City of Salem and Salem's Urban Renewal Agency have been working toward a community vision of connecting three major urban parks and more than twenty miles of trails via two pedestrian bridges over the Willamette River.
“The bridge and trail and efforts to pursue funding for the acquisition of Minto Island are consistent with the Willamette River Legacy Program. The program aims to improve river access, expand parks in the Willamette Greenway, and build upon efforts to enhance this former industrial site for passive recreation, wildlife viewing, and habitat restoration.” - The City of Salem
Part of this goal was realized with the renovation of the historic Union Street Railroad Bridge connecting West Salem’s Wallace Marine Park with downtown’s Riverfront Park. Completion of the Minto Island Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge and adjoining multi-modal trail is the last critical link. For the design and permitting, the City of Salem hired OBEC Consulting Engineers with GreenWorks to complete the bridge design, perform needed studies, and apply for permits.
The detailed design work includes services that integrate context appropriate safe infrastructure for pedestrians, bicycles, and other trail users.