On Saturday, Aug. 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., ODOT will host a special community celebration to commemorate the opening of the new Interstate 5 Whilamut Passage Bridge to traffic.
Mark your calendar, because this family-friendly celebration will be the last opportunity for people age 16 and older to walk on the new northbound I-5 bridge over the Willamette River before it opens to traffic. People wanting to access the bridge need to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and be able to climb six flights of stairs.
We’re also offering a self-guided tour under and around the bridge that’s open to all ages, where you can take in the park improvements to the beautiful Whilamut Natural Area, check out the project design enhancements that reflect the area history, culture and community values, and meet project officials, design enhancement teams and community volunteers. Be sure to stop by and say hello — some of the folks who contribute to this blog will be there; look for the bright red T-shirts.
Thanks to the Eugene-Springfield community’s partnership we’ve built a functional and beautiful bridge and improved the surrounding parklands. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
The Whilamut Passage Bridge community celebration will be held north of the Knickerbocker Bridge, in the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park.
Looking forward to seeing you there!