Sellwood Bridge Replacement

At a Glance:

Location: Portland, Oregon

Date: 2011

Vital Condition: Reliable Transportation, Thriving Natural World

Determinants of Health: clean air, noise, active transportation, traffic safety, clean water, built environment

Affected Population: People with Chronic and Multiple Chronic Health Conditions

Research Methods: Literature review

Community Types: urban

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The HIA, undertaken by the Multnomah County Health Department, assessed the potential health benefits and adverse impacts of the proposed Sellwood Bridge replacement in Multnomah County, Oregon. The HIA addressed a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) that had been undertaken by Multnomah County. The purpose of the HIA was to forecast the positive and negative health effects of the project, and propose potential mitigation strategies that could be implemented practically without “unduly burdening the project”. Overall, the HIA noted that the project as proposed had notable health benefits in that it strongly supported the needs of cyclists and pedestrians. Recommendations addressed included additional specific measures to maximize safety along the corridor; measures to maintain safe air quality during construction; and maintaining safe noise levels during construction.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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