Union Street Railroad Bridge


The historic Union Street Railroad Bridge, originally built across the Willamette River in 1912-13, now serves as a pedestrian and bicycle bridge and connects parks in West Salem and downtown.

More than 20 miles of trails for walking, running, and biking are available in Historic Downtown Salem. The Union Street Railroad Bridge, along with the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge, connect three major urban parks:

Bicycle and foot commuters from West Salem can reach downtown and the Capitol Mall on a safe, pleasant, traffic-separated route. Cycle tourists riding along Oregon’s Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway System can glide along this convenient, picturesque corridor to discover and explore Salem’s riverfront, downtown, and parks. In the event of a highway bridge closure, the deck for the pedestrian bridge can carry the City’s emergency vehicles.

To request a change in color of the lights on the bridge, call 503-588-6211

Bridge History
Pedestrian and Bicycle Counts