Washington Park reservoir project will close popular biking routes – UPDATED

Washington Park reservoir project will close popular biking routes – UPDATED

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If you ride/commute through Washington Park, you might have to change your route.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Get ready for yet another construction project that will impact biking routes.

Starting two weeks from now, on September 12th, the Portland Water Bureau will begin their Reservoir Improvements Project in Washington Park. The construction of a new 12.4 million gallon reservoir and other upgrades to two existing reservoirs will last for 12 to 18 months.

There will be significant impacts to nearby roads that will include complete closures — including bicycling traffic.







The most notable closure will be to SW Sherwood and SW Sacajawea roads — both of which are part of the main cycling route through Washington Park.

Here’s the key information:
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In the map below you’ll see where the roads will be completely closed and where the city plans to construct a temporary path to maintain through access connections for people walking and rolling:
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For more details and a larger version of the detour map, visit the official project website.

UPDATE, 12:36pm on 8/30: Just got more info from the city about how the project will impact the Madison Court Trail:

Beginning September 12, 2016 and lasting for 12 to 18 months (March 2018), the Madison Court trail will be closed intermittently for piping work. When the trail is temporarily closed, signage will be placed at the intersection of where SW Madison Street connects with the trail’s entrance and at the intersection of where SW Sacajawea Blvd. connects with the trail.

When the Madison Court trail is open, pedestrians and cyclists can enter the trail:

· From SW Jefferson St., to SW Murray Ln., to SW Madison Street, travel up the switchbacks, exit the trail on SW Sacajawea Blvd., and then travel up the hill into the park using the multi-use shared path on SW Lewis Clark Way, further connecting to SW Rose Park Rd., SW Wright Ave., SW Marconi Ave., etc.

· Using the multi-use shared path beginning on SW Sacajawea Blvd, travel down the hill using SW Lewis Clark Way, connect onto SW Sacajawea Blvd., and enter the Madison Court trail

When the Madison Court trail is closed, pedestrians and cyclists can:

· From SW Jefferson St., to SW Murray Ln., to SW Madison Street, to SW Ardmore Ave., to SW Park Pl., and then travel up the hill into the park using the multi-use shared path on SW Lewis Clark Way, further connecting to SW Rose Park Rd., SW Wright Ave., SW Marconi Ave., etc.

· Using the multi-use shared path beginning on SW Sacajawea Blvd, travel down the hill using SW Lewis Clark Way, connect to SW Park Pl, turn right onto SW Ardmore Ave., turn right on SW Madison St., to SW Murry Ln, to SW Jefferson St.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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