Detour Roundup: Springwater, Esplanade and SE 42nd

Detour Roundup: Springwater, Esplanade and SE 42nd

A full closure of the Springwater path at
Ross Island will start October 7th.

I’ve got a few new details on construction projects that will impact key biking routes in the coming days, weeks and months. This post is part of an ongoing effort (similar to our post on September 10th), to keep you informed of street closures, bicycle detours, and so on. Your on-the-ground knowledge is very valuable, so if you know of detours not mentioned below, or if you have special tips about alternate routes, feel free to share in the comments.

For now, let’s get started on the advisories…

  • Portland Parks & Recreation has just announced firm dates for their re-construction of a portion of the Springwater Corridor Path that eroded away back in March 2012. Beginning October 7 and ending November 15, a portion of the trail between milepost 1.5 and milepost 1.75 (about one mile south of OMSI) will be closed from 9am to 4pm each Monday through Friday. There will be no public access to that section of trail during construction hours.

  • Reader Dave B. wrote in this morning about a project on the Eastbank Esplanade that is re-routing people on bicycles off the popular path. The work is due to a reconstruction project at the fire station just north of the Hawthorne Bridge. “The detour routes traffic up Main, through the parking lot, and then back down Madison to rejoin the Esplanade just before the on-ramp for westbound Hawthorne Bridge,” writes Dave. Unfortunately, he says there are no warning signs about the detour and the suggested route has hazards that could be dangerous to some riders. Keep your head up and use caution in his area until that project is completed.
  • The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services is doing a sewer project on SE 42nd at Powell Blvd. This is a popular bike thoroughfare, so BES emailed with a warning about the project. Beginning this week and lasting about one month, SE 42nd will be completely closed between SE Powell and Francis. Thankfully, people riding bicycles will be able to use the sidewalk. Expect detour signs to point the way. BES says they’ve also trimmed back trees and vegetation near the sidewalks to make it easier for bikers to pass through.

    Here’s a map of the project area:

If you know of other detours and/or construction projects that impact bike routes, please let us know and/or share the information in the comments below.

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