The DeFazio Bridge is a pedestrian and bicycle bridge named after Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio. It displays some rather interesting and unique architecture, with a modernist take on the classic suspension bridge, and serves as one of the main connecting arteries between downtown Eugene and Coburg Road. The DeFazio bridge also serves as the main passage between Alton Baker park and downtown Eugene, which increases accessibility to the park. It spans across the Willamette River, connecting Alton Baker Park on the east side to the Autzen Stadium and the University of Oregon campus on the west side.
The bridge was named after U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio, who played a significant role in securing federal funding for its construction. It was designed by the Eugene-based architecture firm of Dougherty + Dougherty and was completed in 2010 at a cost of approximately $9 million.
The DeFazio Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge with a main span of 325 feet (99 meters) and a total length of 1,230 feet (375 meters). It is made of steel and concrete and has a unique and modern design with two arches that curve towards each other, creating a sense of motion and fluidity.
The bridge is an important link in the extensive system of bike and pedestrian trails that crisscross Eugene and the surrounding area. It is heavily used by students, visitors to Alton Baker Park, and residents of the nearby neighborhoods. The bridge also offers stunning views of the Willamette River, Autzen Stadium, and the surrounding natural beauty of the area.
In addition to its practical and functional purposes, the DeFazio Bridge is also a beloved landmark and a symbol of Eugene's commitment to sustainable transportation and outdoor recreation.