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News Advisory: Commissioner Novick, community members to celebrate reopening of Thurman Street Bridge, Oregon’s oldest span, Friday Oct. 17

(Oct. 16, 2014) Commissioner Steve Novick will join neighborhood leaders, community members and Portland Bureau of Transportation staff in celebrating the reopening of the Thurman Street Bridge on Friday, after a rehabilitation project that modernized the oldest bridge in Oregon. As part of the celebration, a Portland Fire & Rescue fire truck will cross the bridge for the first time in about 20 years. PBOT experts will be on hand to describe a recent award for the project from the Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

WHO:   Commissioner Steve Novick

Phil Selinger, Northwest District Association

David O'Longaigh, City Bridge Engineer   

Robert Hadlow, Historian for the Oregon Department of Transportation

WHAT:  Celebration of the reopening of the Thurman Street Bridge

WHEN:  10:30-11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

WHERE:  Entrance to Macleay Park, 2960 NW Upshur St. Vehicle parking is very limited. News media and public are advised to arrive early, park and walk.

WHY:  The modernization of the oldest bridge in Oregon means that PBOT can lift a weight restriction that had limited fire truck and bus access to Northwest Portland neighborhoods. PBOT, Portland Fire & Rescue and the Northwest Portland community are celebrating the reopening, after a six-month closure for construction.

VISUALS:  Commissioner Novick, staff and community members to unveil a bridge plaque replica. Participants will walk to the bridge and view the first crossing by a Portland fire truck in about 20 years.