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Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge

This signature pedestrian bridge, connecting downtown Salem to Minto-Brown Island Park, was decades in the making. OBEC was first involved during early planning, working with the City to develop a feasibility plan that looked at bridge and trail alignments, structure types, and potential impacts to identify the ideal bridge for this site.

When it came time for final design, OBEC developed an iconic 305-foot-long inclined arch cable-stayed bridge, along with 6,000 feet of trail. The completed project provides South Salem commuters with a car-free connection into downtown and contiguous access to more than 30 miles of trail and 1,300 acres of natural area.

  • The team refined a 500-foot-long tied arch concept to achieve an optimized 305-foot-long inclined arch span layout – accomplishing the City's aesthetic objectives and staying within their overall budget.
  • The large globe located near the bridge landing, known as the Eco Earth, is a former acid storage ball left over from the Boise Cascade mill that that used to sit at the site.
  • The bridge is named after Peter Courtney, president of the Oregon State Senate
  • 2017 Oregon APWA Project of the Year for the $5M to <$25M category
  • Grand Award: ACEC Engineering Excellence 2018
  • National Steel Bridge Alliance: Prize Bridge Award (Special Purpose category)
  • Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers: Excellence in Concrete Award
  • Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s 2018 Design Award (Best Transportation Special Solution)
  • Engineering News-Record Northwest: 2018 Best Projects — Highway/Bridges


acres of combined natural area, now connected