First look: New striping and safety features on Springwater at Oaks Bottom

First look: New striping and safety features on Springwater at Oaks Bottom

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(Looking south on the Springwater at Oaks Bottom.
(Photos by Betsy Reese)

The Portland Parks & Recreation bureau has completed a project that aims to improve safety on a busy portion of the Springwater Corridor path.

As we reported on April 20th, the project came in response to safety concerns that came into focus after a collision between two path users last spring that resulted in a serious injury.

The location of the changes is two miles south of OMSI where the Springwater path comes to a “T” intersection with a path through the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. The Oaks Bottom path emerges on the Springwater after a tunnel, which limits sight lines. Making things more dangerous are the relatively high speeds Springwater path users reach as they ride downhill to the intersection.

Parks has used a variety of pavement markings, signage, and plastic bollards to encourage people to slow down and use caution. BikePortland reader Betsy Reese rode by the area yesterday and sent us a few photos…

Parks added lane striping to the Oaks Bottom path as it approaches the Springwater…

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Here’s the view looking west from Oaks Bottom path just before the tunnel and the Springwater…

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And here’s what it looked like before the changes…

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This is a closer-up view of of the “T” with the Springwater…

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And here’s another view of the entire intersection looking southbound from the Springwater…

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Compare that to this photo taken before the changes…

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Betsy says it looks pretty good: “I like the solution. It is a simple and relatively inexpensive fix. I think it will work.”

Have you ridden it yet? What do you think?

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