By Janet Goetze
for the Hollywood Star News
A custom mobile and web-based application developed by Multnomah County will answer an important question: Are the drawbridges across the Willamette River up or down?
The Bridge Alerts app is the first publicly available mobile application developed by the county’s Information Technology team. It provides notifications when one of the county’s four drawbridges opens for a river vessel, maintenance or repairs. The county’s four movable bridges are the Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne and Morrison. Not included in the app are the Steel Bridge, owned by the Union Pacific Railroad, and the Interstate Bridge, owned by the Oregon and Washington State departments of transportation.
The app is available for free on Google Play for Android devices and the Apple App Store for iOS devices. Bridge opening status also can be viewed at www.multco.us/bridges. The IT team, which worked with interns from the local vocational school Epidocus, will build on what it learned creating the Bridge app to take on future mobile applications, said Sherry Swackhamer, the county’s chief information officer.