The City of Tigard will celebrate the grand opening of the new Woodruff Bridge over Fanno Creek at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23.
The festivities will begin at the Tigard Public Library gazebo. Mayor Craig Dirksen will then lead a walk over the bridge for a dual celebration of the new pedestrian bridge and the arrival of spring.
The bridge has been named "Woodruff Bridge" in honor of Tom Woodruff who served on the Tigard City Council from 2004 to 2008. Woodruff was the Tigard Council representative to the Parks and Recreation board, the Metropolitan Area Communications Commission, the Willamette River Water Coalition and the Water Consortium. He was also the Council liaison to the Tigard Beyond Tomorrow Task Force and to the negotiations of the Tigard/Lake Oswego Water Partnership Intergovernmental Agreement.
The bridge and a new lighted crosswalk give residents a safer way to travel across Hall Boulevard to the Tigard Public Library. Walkers and bicyclists can now trek nearly 1.5 miles (from Main Street to Fanno Creek Drive) without leaving the Fanno Creek Trail. The bridge and a boardwalk connect the existing trail from the west side of Hall Boulevard to the new trail on the east.
Both projects promote the ongoing efforts of the City to enhance public safety through off-street pathways while ensuring habitat-friendly development.