We’ve got some bad news and some good news.
The bad news is that tomorrow (Wednesday, May 18th) the Portland Parks & Recreation bureau will close a key path in Washington Park: the entrance to the park off W Burnside and NW 24th place. It might seem like a little path that isn’t important in our transportation network, but a fair number of people rely on this path as a connection between the west side and downtown Portland. Thankfully the closure will only last one day.
The original notice from PP&R didn’t include anything about a detour, but in a follow-up email here’s what they suggested: Use NW 23rd to Vista Ave, then to Park Ave into Washington Park.
Now the good news: The closure needs to happen so the Bureau of Transportation and PP&R can make Sterns Canyon (which the path traverses through) better for cycling. As a first phase they’ll repave bumpy sections of the path. Then the plan is to remove the gate at the entrance and replace it with less-obstructive bollards. PBOT will improve the bike-signal that gets you across Burnside at 24th, and add new wayfinding signage and curb ramps to improve access. The project is expected to be completed later this summer.
We’ve asked for more details on the project and will update this post when we get it.
— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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