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2011 Environmental Excellence Awards

For Excellence in Nonmotorized Transportation

Agencies Awarded:

City of Eugene

Mowat Construction

OBEC Consulting Engineers

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)

Project Contributors:

City of Eugene
Patrick Cox and Mark Schoening

Mowat Construction
Tim Hutton

OBEC Consulting Engineers
Greg Ausland and Guy Hakanson

ODOT
John Johnson and Ted Keasey

For Excellence in Nonmotorized Transportation

Delta Ponds Bridge

The Delta Ponds Bridge is an iconic transportation facility that provides nonmotorized access across the Delta Highway in Eugene, Oregon. Prior to the construction of the bridge, the highway formed a physical barrier between the Willakenzie neighborhood and the Delta Ponds park land and wildlife habitat. The City of Eugene identified the need for a bicycle and pedestrian connection across the highway in 1979 and began the design processes for the bridge in 2007. Construction was fast-tracked due to the availability of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds in 2009. Additional local funds were used to make improvements to sidewalks and roadways leading to the bridge approaches. Dedicated in September 2010, the elegantly designed bridge has two soaring pylons and architectural elements evoking the Greek letter Delta. By providing safe and attractive bicycle and pedestrian access to the existing riverside path system, the Delta Ponds Bridge encourages residents to consider healthy and active transportation alternatives.

Photograph of the Delta Ponds Bridge from above on a sunny day Photograph of the Delta Ponds Bridge from the pond edge at night. The bridge is lit with red and white lights and is reflected in the pond in the foreground. The OBEC logo is overlaid in the photograph's lower right corner.
Updated: 12/03/2012
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