Portland, Ore., has named a pedestrian overpass after the beloved cartoon neighbor Ned Flanders from "The Simpsons."
Portland's Transportation commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty was joined by Mayor Sean VanGordon of Springfield, Ore, in unveiling of the new name and accompanying plaque in a ceremony earlier this month, according to a statement from the city.
The “Ned Flanders Crossing,” which officially opened to the public in June, is designed to be a two-way pedestrian and bike friendly, earthquake resilient bridge that also has a seismic lifeline in case of a major tremble.
“It’s a wonderful day for our city,” Hardesty said. “Naming this new bridge after Ned Flanders shows that Portland can build great things and have fun too. Thank you to Matt Groening and his team for embracing this idea.”
Groening, who created the Simpsons, is a Portland native. Nearby Springfield (which shares a name with the fictional city in the show) is home to The Official Simpsons Mural and a life-size Simpsons family at the Emerald Art Center.
Ned Flanders is well known as Homer Simpson’s beleaguered but almost always chipper neighbor in the long-running animated series — often greeting the family with “Hi-Diddly-Ho, neighborinos!”
The city’s government has also installed new traffic signals and a four-way stop sign along the route to help pedestrians bike across the bridge from both directions, the city’s news release said.
“The naming of Ned Flanders Crossing celebrates Portland’s thriving comics and animation community that resonates with many visitors,” said Travel Portland CEO and President Jeff MillerJefferson (Jeff) Bingham MillerPortland names pedestrian overpass after Ned Flanders Congress should explore extending certain VA benefits to Afghan allies Don't blame veterans for Afghanistan withdrawal, and don't forget about them MORE, who also joined the ceremony.