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Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge                                     

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Currently under construction, the Peter Courtney Minto Island Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge (Bridge) will connect downtown Salem to Minto Island and complete a long-standing community vision of connecting three major urban parks, and a network of more than twenty miles of trails via two pedestrian bridges over the Willamette River. Completion of the Bridge and the adjoining multimodal trail (Trail) is the last critical link to Downtown Parks Connections.    In 2013, this project was strengthened by the City's acquisition of 307 additional acres of Minto Island where the Bridge will land.


Project Background

In October 2010, City Council approved a tied arch Bridge design following analysis of several design types and public input. In 2012, OBEC was hired to oversee final design, engineering, and permitting of the Bridge and connecting Trail on Minto Island. In 2014 , the last funding needed for the Bridge and Trail was committed and design and permitting were complete. In January 2015, following a solicitation of bids, a recommendation to award was issued for Legacy Construction.  The Groundbreaking Ceremony took place May 21, 2015.

The Minto Bridge and Trail are an adopted FY 13-15 City  Council goal and it is identified in several supporting plans and policies, including the Riverfront Downtown Urban Renewal Area Plan, South Waterfront Urban Renewal Area Plan, Comprehensive Park System Master Plan, and the Salem Transportation System Plan (TSP).

 Staff Contacts

Annie Gorski 503-540-2480 Adobe Flash Player
Aaron Kimsey 503-588-6211                                                 
Adobe Flash Player can be utilized to watch the videos below.  


 Bridge and Trail Conceptual Designs

Click for PDF of Minto Bridge conceptual design.  Click for PDF of Minto Trail Design


Minto Arch aerial by Ron Cooper   Minto Arch raising June 2016    Minto bridge June 2016   Minto arches going up!

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      Project Updates

      • 05/21/15 - Groundbreaking Ceremony - Video (32 min)   
      • 05/15/15 - Future of Riverfront - Video 
      • 04/13/15 - Project Update  
      • 03/13/15 - E Communication Project Update
      • 02/02/15 - $5.8M Contract Awarded  
      • 12/15/14 - City Names Bridge - News article 
      • 12/15/14 - Bridge Naming - Staff Report 
      • 08/25/14 - E Communication Project Update
      • 07/07/14 - Salem Connection - Video
      • 05/23/14 - Schedule Update - Staff Report 
      • 02/19/14 - E Communication Project Update
      • 01/16/14 - State Funding - Press Release      
      • 09/10/12 - Funding Update - Staff Report
      • 02/27/12 - Project Update - Staff Report 

     Background Documents

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    Get Involved         Sign up for project updates.         Also: Master Plan for Minto Brown Island Park

    Want to Get Involved?
    The Friends of Two Bridges (F2B) is a non-profit grassroots group dedicated to the construction of the Minto Island Bridge and the Union Street Railroad Bridge. The group is raising awareness for the Minto Island Bridge and fund-raising for the project. Additional information can be found in the links below.
    Follow us: Friends of Two Bridges Blog

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    Minto Bridge and Trail Funding: 

    In January 2014, the last $1,581,000 needed for the bridge was committed through an ODOT grant bringing the total funding to $10,000,000. The Minto Bridge and Trail project is possible because of funding from a variety of federal, state, and local sources, including from the Riverfront Downtown and Waterfront Urban Renewal Areas, Salem Keizer Area Transportation Study (SKATS), Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), Business Oregon, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

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