82nd Drive Pedestrian Bridge Project

Built in the early 1920s, the 82nd Drive Bridge is a highly-used span over the Clackamas River that connects Gladstone to Oregon City. After the construction of Interstate 205 was completed in the mid-1970s, the bridge was converted for use by pedestrians and bicyclists. The bridge also carries sanitary sewer pipes and forcemains, a high-pressure gas line and critical fiber-optics communication lines across the river.

Using the 82nd Avenue pedestrian bridge

Owned by WES since 1998, the bridge is scheduled for much-needed upgrades beginning in 2018. The improvements include replacing the approach to the bridge on the Gladstone side of the river, installing a 30-inch wide forcemain on the downstream side of the bridge and making seismic improvements to piers on the bridge.

82nd Avenue pedestrian bridge

The seismic upgrades will make the bridge able to withstand a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, which means the bridge would be able to serve as a vital path across the river in the event of such a cataclysmic event.