From: Edward Nieto, Water Environment Services, 503-742-4561
Media and Interested Parties
The city of Milwaukie and Water Environment Services (WES) have executed an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to help fund construction of the new bridge in Milwaukie Bay Park.
Clackamas County Commissioners approved the IGA today, while the Milwaukie City Council authorized the agreement on June 19.
A severe storm in December 2015 unleashed a record amount of rainfall that caused significant damage near the footings of the old bridge that connects Milwaukie Bay Park to the Kellogg Water Resource Recovery Facility, which is operated by WES. Due to the bridge’s compromised condition and estimated cost of repairs, it was determined to be more cost-effective to build a new bridge.
“I’d like to thank our federal partners and WES for helping the city rebuild this important bridge,” said Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba. “As record-breaking storms become increasingly frequent due to climate change, it’s critical that we foster strong local partnerships to meet the needs of our shared constituents.”
The total cost to build the new bridge on city property was $2.8 million. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided nearly $2 million in federal disaster relief funds for the project and WES contributed an additional $200,000. The remaining funds were provided by the city of Milwaukie.
“WES is proud to be a good neighbor and partner with the city of Milwaukie on this project,” said WES Director Greg Geist. “It exemplifies our mutual commitment to the safety of the Milwaukie community and visitors to the area.”
The city expects traffic to shift over to the new bridge later this month. The old bridge will be removed during the summer and into early fall.
For more information, members of the media and public may contact WES Community Relations Specialist Edward Nieto at 503-742-4561 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Milwaukie Public Affairs Specialist Jordan Imlah at 503-786-7503 or email@example.com.