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KATU: Students asked to come up with quake-resistant Burnside Bridge
Author: KATU News
Posted: May 16, 2019

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You've probably heard the big one is coming — a destructive 9.0 earthquake off the Oregon coast that will be felt here in Portland.

That's what made an event Wednesday night at the Portland State School of Architecture so important.

Architecture students were asked to come up with a quake-resistant replacement for the Burnside Bridge. If a quake hits, it could be the only way to get across the river.

“This is going to be the only bridge that is standing after our big earthquake, and so my heart goes to all of the Portland citizens who need to get home and to get to their families and be safe,” said Melisa Flanagan, a PSU architecture student.

Throughout the design process, students presented their proposals to bridge engineers and officials at Multnomah County.

The public will also have a chance to weigh in before a design is chosen.