On Friday, April 10, Clackamas Water Environment Services (WES) reopened the 82nd Drive Pedestrian Bridge to pedestrians and bicyclists after completion of several upgrades, which include seismically-retrofitting the bridge to withstand a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. The bridge, which connects the cities of Gladstone and Oregon City, is now capable of providing vital passage for emergency vehicles across the Clackamas River should such a catastrophic earthquake occur.
The upgrades also include newly-installed sanitary sewer pipes and provide additional protections for pipes and utility lines that run across the bridge.
“Increasing resiliency is the driving force behind all WES projects,” said WES Director Greg Geist. “WES is proud to support Clackamas County’s priorities, which include building a strong infrastructure and ensuring safe, healthy and secure communities.”
The $3.6 million project was funded with monthly service charge revenue and system development charges. WES secured required permits with the cooperation of the cities of Oregon City and Gladstone, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Department of State Lands. WES also collaborated with the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Clackamas County Department of Transportation and Development.
Built in the early 1920s, the bridge was once a state-owned thoroughfare for automobiles to cross the Clackamas River. The bridge was converted for pedestrian use after Interstate 205 opened to traffic in the 1970s. In 1998, WES bought the bridge from the City of Gladstone in order to install sewer pipes that divert flows from WES’ Kellogg Water Resource Recovery Facility in Milwaukie to its Tri-City Water Resource Recovery Facility in Oregon City.
For the more than 190,000 people living and working in Clackamas County, Clackamas Water Environment Services produces clean water and protects water quality. We provide innovative resource recovery services, stormwater management, and environmental education to ensure that residents and visitors enjoy the benefits of safe, healthy water for generations to come.