|Tied Arch Version (Multnomah County)|
Even though funding sources and a specific budget are not yet known, designers of the proposed new Burnside Bridge are looking at ways to cut costs.
That said, a couple major decisions appear to have been reached in designing a bridge to replace the earthquake-vulnerable existing bridge, which is nearly 100 years old. The west end running to and from the Skidmore-Old Town National Historic District is to be supported by long girders, extending to the mid-river bascules that allow the bridge to open for river traffic. This design has minimal visual impact as motorists and others travel westward into Old Town.
The new bridge could be Portland's only bridge capable of handling major traffic after a high-intensity earthquake. That is the primary reason for scrapping the current bridge.
|Cable-stayed Version (Multnomah County)|
However, the Planning and Sustainability Commission would be the body involved in recommending additions or changes to historic districts. Given the makeup of the current commission, is it’s laughable to think they would propose anything but reductions to the city’s landmark districts.