Delta Ponds Bridge
About the Bridge
The Delta Ponds Bridge opened for permanent use by cyclists and pedestrians on Tuesday, November 16, 2010.
The bridge and elevated path spans the Delta Highway and connects the neighborhoods on the east side of the highway with Goodpasture Island Road and the commercial, residential and transportation facilities in the Valley River area.
A dedication event to mark the substantial completion of the $5.6 million bridge project was held in September 2010.
FHWA National Environmental Award Recognizes Achievements in Delta Ponds Bridge Project
The Delta Ponds Bridge project has received a 2011 Environmental Excellence Award from the Federal Highway Administration. The award recognizes Eugene’s exemplary achievement in non-motorized transportation and access for the Delta Ponds Bridge project.
The bridge, which was dedicated in September 2010, removed a physical barrier between the Willakenzie neighborhood and the Delta Ponds parkland and wildlife habitat that had been in place since the Delta Highway was constructed in 1966. The bridge is also fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and provides access for all citizens.
“Elegantly designed with two soaring pylons and triangular elements that evoke the Greek letter delta, the Delta Ponds Bridge is Eugene’s latest monument to livability,” said FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez in announcing the award. “The Delta Ponds Bridge provides safe and attractive bicycle and pedestrian access where none existed previously, and encourages residents to consider healthy and active transportation alternatives. This project demonstrates that dedicated bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure is an important component of the transportation network.”
Funded primarily by federal grants, the $5.6 million bridge project also included constructing sidewalks along Robin Hood Avenue, a raised median island on Willagillespie Road at Robin Hood, the largest raised median island in the City at the bridge’s west terminus on Goodpasture Island Road, 11 wayfaring signs, LED lighting, and a public art piece titled “Bountiful.”
Please read the Delta Ponds Bridge fact sheet for more information.