The Springwater Trail is a 21-mile-long multi-use trail that provides alternative transportation and recreation opportunities for bike-friendly Portland and its surrounding communities.
OBEC designed three major pedestrian bridges to complete a gap in the southeast Portland section of the trail, including the McLoughlin Boulevard Pedestrian Bridge, a signature steel arch stress-ribbon bridge that acts as a dramatic gateway structure between Portland and the City of Milwaukie.
The other two bridges include a steel girder crossing of Johnson Creek and a prefabricated steel truss crossing Union Pacific Railroad tracks. The project also involved design of approximately 3,000 feet of trail section to match the new bridges.
In recognition of OBEC's record of design excellence, this project received the American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon 2007 Engineering Excellence Honor Award and the 2007 Steel Bridge Competition Merit Award, Special Purpose Category.