New Tolbert Street Bridge to open Nov. 21; Public invited to opening ceremony

From: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas County Department of Transportation & Development, 503-742-4274

The public is invited to join state and local dignitaries, a World War I Liberty Truck, and the Clackamas High School Drumline to celebrate the opening of the new Tolbert Street Bridge that extends from SE 82nd Drive to Minuteman Way in Clackamas County. 

The opening ceremony is set for 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, on the west side of the new bridge in the Clackamas Industrial Area just east of Interstate 205 and south of the new Sunrise Expressway.

People are asked to park in the Camp Withycombe parking lot inside the gate at Minuteman Way (photo identification is required by all guests to enter) and walk up the new bridge to the ceremony. Parking for people with disabilities is available at 93rd Avenue, just south of the bridge. (See a map for details.)

Construction began in August 2015 on the 1,200-foot bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. The new structure provides a safer, less congested route in the area by replacing an at-grade track crossing at Lawnfield Road. 

In addition to the new bridge, the completed project includes several other improvements to increase safe and efficient travel in the area:

  • Bike lanes and sidewalks along the new bridge
  • Reconstruction of SE 93rd Avenue and SE 94th Avenue from Tolbert Street south to Clackamas Road, with curbs, stormwater drainage and sidewalks
  • Reconstruction of Church Street from 82nd Drive to 94th Avenue, with curbs, stormwater drainage and sidewalks
  • A new traffic signal at the intersection of Tolbert Street and 82nd Drive, and
  • A new intersection at the Camp Withycombe main gate and Minuteman Way

The $20 million Tolbert Bridge project is part of the Sunrise Jobs and Transportation Act (JTA) family of projects. JTA projects were approved by the Oregon Legislature in 2009 to reduce congestion and enhance economic opportunities in Clackamas County with improvements related to the Sunrise Corridor. 

Read more information about the project and the opening. 

For more information about the project, contact Project Manager Terry Mungenast at 503-742-4656. For more information about the opening, contact Communications Relations Specialist Ellen Rogalin at 503-742-4274.