- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A proposal for a new bridge across the Willamette River has drawn criticism from Salem City Council members.

The Statesman Journal reports (https://stjr.nl/1Gqrap1 ) that a team of state transportation officials and local government representatives has chosen a design based on concrete sections cast off-site and trucked to the construction area for installation.

It would be the third bridge across the Willamette in Oregon’s capital city. The entire project could cost $350 million to $400 million.

But two council members Monday said the design calls for a double structure, not a single, and it appears to lay the groundwork for a freeway cutting through neighborhoods. They also said it’s aesthetically unappealing.

City officials said the bridge could be reduced to a single structure, with improved design features.


Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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