A public open house will be held by the city of Astoria Public Works Department from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the John Jacob Astor Elementary School, 3550 Franklin Ave. The public is welcome to come and view the final designs for the replacement of the Franklin Avenue Bridge over 38th Street in the Adair-Uppertown historic district.
Open house participants can view displays of the final design with project team members as well as learn about vehicular and pedestrian access plans when construction begins in early 2010. Information on the project can be found at www.franklin-bridge.org
The current Franklin Avenue trestle bridge was built in 1949 from wooden timbers, which typically have a 35 to 50-year life span.
The new structure will be a two-span concrete bridge with an arched support, arched railings and historic-style streetlights. The design is intended to blend in with the historic neighborhood and incorporates public input received at a design open house in May 2008.
The anticipated cost of the new bridge is approximately $3.9 million, with 90 percent of the funds coming from the Federal Highway Bridge Program, administered by the Oregon Department of Transportation.
For information, contact the city of Astoria Public Works Department, Engineering Division, at (503) 338-5173.