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County makes improvements to long-term detour on Westside Trail

County makes improvements to long-term detour on Westside Trail

County detour map. – Download PDF

Multnomah County is improving a major bike detour between downtown and the Sellwood Bridge, and wants to thank BikePortland readers for their help making it better.

The detour is needed while county contractors replace a culvert that runs below the trolley tracks. The detour closes the trail between SW Nevada St. and the driveway to Macadam Bay.

Here’s the word from Multnomah County spokesman Mike Pullen, in a comment on this site yesterday:

The trail detour along the east sidewalk of SW Macadam Ave. will be in place until the culvert is replaced and a temporary bridge is installed across Stephens Creek. In 2014 trail users will be able to use the old alignment. The new regional trail between the bridge and SW Miles Street will open by 2016.

The project team will be making the following improvements to the trail detour:

• Remove vegetation growing over the sidewalk between Nevada St. and Macadam Bay (in the next week).
• Add an asphalt patch across the trolley tracks along the detour route between Willamette Park and Nevada St. The consortium of agencies that own the property have agreed in concept to the fix but they need to see the details. This should be completed in July.
• Close bus stop on south side of Miles St. This should be done in July. The nearest bus stop is two blocks north.
• Extend the 25 mph construction zone speed limit from Macadam Bay to Miles St./Taylors Ferry Road. This request is being submitted to ODOT for a decision. As the project limits end here, extending the speed zone north of Taylor’s Ferry is not supportable.

Some users suggested they still prefer using Miles Street. Trail users who prefer Willamette Park and Miles St. to the Nevada St. detour are allowed to use that route, which remains open. To minimize conflicts with the trucks using the haul road entrance at Miles Street, our recommended detour route is Nevada St.

When we published Pullen’s request for advice two weeks ago, several BikePortland readers expressed concern about the detour along a narrow sidewalk. The changes above incorporate a few suggestions and reflect some of those concerns.

Though the detour remains a significant annoyance for north-south traffic near the river, it’s always nice to know the county is listening and looking for ways to make things better.

County makes improvements to long-term detour on Willamette Greenway

County makes improvements to long-term detour on Willamette Greenway

County detour map. – Download PDF

Multnomah County is improving a major bike detour between downtown and the Sellwood Bridge, and wants to thank BikePortland readers for their help making it better.

The detour is needed while county contractors replace a culvert that runs below the trolley tracks. The detour closes the trail between SW Nevada St. and the driveway to Macadam Bay.

Here’s the word from Multnomah County spokesman Mike Pullen, in a comment on this site yesterday:

The trail detour along the east sidewalk of SW Macadam Ave. will be in place until the culvert is replaced and a temporary bridge is installed across Stephens Creek. In 2014 trail users will be able to use the old alignment. The new regional trail between the bridge and SW Miles Street will open by 2016.

The project team will be making the following improvements to the trail detour:

• Remove vegetation growing over the sidewalk between Nevada St. and Macadam Bay (in the next week).
• Add an asphalt patch across the trolley tracks along the detour route between Willamette Park and Nevada St. The consortium of agencies that own the property have agreed in concept to the fix but they need to see the details. This should be completed in July.
• Close bus stop on south side of Miles St. This should be done in July. The nearest bus stop is two blocks north.
• Extend the 25 mph construction zone speed limit from Macadam Bay to Miles St./Taylors Ferry Road. This request is being submitted to ODOT for a decision. As the project limits end here, extending the speed zone north of Taylor’s Ferry is not supportable.

Some users suggested they still prefer using Miles Street. Trail users who prefer Willamette Park and Miles St. to the Nevada St. detour are allowed to use that route, which remains open. To minimize conflicts with the trucks using the haul road entrance at Miles Street, our recommended detour route is Nevada St.

When we published Pullen’s request for advice two weeks ago, several BikePortland readers expressed concern about the detour along a narrow sidewalk. The changes above incorporate a few suggestions and reflect some of those concerns.

Though the detour remains a significant annoyance for north-south traffic near the river, it’s always nice to know the county is listening and looking for ways to make things better.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly referred to the Willamette Greenway as the “Westside Trail,” a different project currently being planned.

Updates on Red Electric, Waud Bluff, and Westside Trail projects

Updates on Red Electric, Waud Bluff, and Westside Trail projects

Cover of new brochure to
promote Red Electric Trail.

My inbox is full of updates on major multi-use path projects happening in and around Portland, so I’ve decided to round them up into one post. (And yes, you’ll notice I don’t like to refer to them as “trail” projects, even though that word is in their official names. I just feel that the word “trail” only perpetuates the false notion many people have that these paths are for recreation and shouldn’t be considered serious transportation corridors… which they are.)

New brochure aims to build momentum for Red Electric Trail

When complete, the Red Electric Trail will connect the Fanno Creek Trail in Beaverton to Portland’s Southwest Waterfront district. As per usual, the planning and actual construction has been agonizingly slow (Portland City Council released a study of the trail in 2007); but lately things are on the upswing. According to project volunteer Cole Trusty with SW Trails, Portland Parks & Recreation is actively negotiating right-of-way with property owners along the route, a new bridge at the western end of the project is set to be built next summer, and other pieces are falling into place. Trusty recently shared a new brochure (PDF) he just made to “develop the community support necessary to maintain momentum” on the project (PDF). The brochure is full of great background information on the project and it comes with a quality route map. He’s already passed out 1,000 copies and plans to keep on giving them out. Trusty says there’s also a new video on the works and there’s even a new Facebook page you can “Like” to stay updated.

Red Electric Trail map in new brochure. (PDF)


Waud Bluff Trail project now set for completion by December

Waud Bluff Trail Concept Plan
(NPGreenway)

I just received an update on this project from Portland Parks & Recreation staffer Susan Watt. Construction on the Waud Bluff Trail — which will connect N. Willamette Blvd near University of Portland with Swan Island — began just over one year ago. It was originally planned to be done this past spring; then it was promised by this fall. Now, given a more complex set of construction issues than first realized, Watt says the new estimated completion date is December 31st of this year. Below is a more detailed update:

“We have completed the lower trail section with the exception of the gravel shoulders adjacent to the trail. The bridge foundations have been built on the south side of the tracks and the contractor is currently building the foundation on the north side. We anticipate beginning work on the uphill retaining wall for the upper trail section next week. That will take about 4 weeks to complete. The retaining wall for the downhill side was completed in June. The bridge has been built and will be shipped to the site sometime in October or early November for installation. The final stage of the project will be the installation of the drainage and paving of the upper trail, plantings and street improvements in Willamette Blvd.”

Metro announces open houses for Westside Trail

Imagine the Westside Trail.
(Photo: Metro)

With the minor controversy around the Westside Trail in the rear-view mirror, Metro is planning to share several options for the 25 mile north-south route at a series of two open houses later this month. The goal for this corridor project is to connect the Willamette River near Forest Park to the Tualatin River in Tigard/King City. The open houses will be geared to garner public feedback on how the route connects to neighborhoods and other destinations.

Here are the details:

6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29
Stoller Middle School, Cafeteria
14141 NW Laidlaw Road, Bethany
A presentation will take place at 6:15 p.m.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30
Deer Creek Elementary School, Library
16155 SW 131st Ave., King City
A presentation will take place at 6:45 p.m.

Metro will open an online comment form on the project website between October 24th and November 9th.

Updates on Red Electric, Waud Bluff, and Westside Trail projects

Updates on Red Electric, Waud Bluff, and Westside Trail projects

Cover of new brochure to
promote Red Electric Trail.

My inbox is full of updates on major multi-use path projects happening in and around Portland, so I’ve decided to round them up into one post. (And yes, you’ll notice I don’t like to refer to them as “trail” projects, even though that word is in their official names. I just feel that the word “trail” only perpetuates the false notion many people have that these paths are for recreation and shouldn’t be considered serious transportation corridors… which they are.)

New brochure aims to build momentum for Red Electric Trail

When complete, the Red Electric Trail will connect the Fanno Creek Trail in Beaverton to Portland’s Southwest Waterfront district. As per usual, the planning and actual construction has been agonizingly slow (Portland City Council released a study of the trail in 2007); but lately things are on the upswing. According to project volunteer Cole Trusty with SW Trails, Portland Parks & Recreation is actively negotiating right-of-way with property owners along the route, a new bridge at the western end of the project is set to be built next summer, and other pieces are falling into place. Trusty recently shared a new brochure (PDF) he just made to “develop the community support necessary to maintain momentum” on the project (PDF). The brochure is full of great background information on the project and it comes with a quality route map. He’s already passed out 1,000 copies and plans to keep on giving them out. Trusty says there’s also a new video on the works and there’s even a new Facebook page you can “Like” to stay updated.

Red Electric Trail map in new brochure. (PDF)
Waud Bluff Trail project now set for completion by December

Waud Bluff Trail Concept Plan
(NPGreenway)

I just received an update on this project from Portland Parks & Recreation staffer Susan Watt. Construction on the Waud Bluff Trail — which will connect N. Willamette Blvd near University of Portland with Swan Island — began just over one year ago. It was originally planned to be done this past spring; then it was promised by this fall. Now, given a more complex set of construction issues than first realized, Watt says the new estimated completion date is December 31st of this year. Below is a more detailed update:

“We have completed the lower trail section with the exception of the gravel shoulders adjacent to the trail. The bridge foundations have been built on the south side of the tracks and the contractor is currently building the foundation on the north side. We anticipate beginning work on the uphill retaining wall for the upper trail section next week. That will take about 4 weeks to complete. The retaining wall for the downhill side was completed in June. The bridge has been built and will be shipped to the site sometime in October or early November for installation. The final stage of the project will be the installation of the drainage and paving of the upper trail, plantings and street improvements in Willamette Blvd.”

Here’s a photo from Watt showing the brand new pavement on the lower portion!

Metro announces open houses for Westside Trail

Imagine the Westside Trail.
(Photo: Metro)

With the minor controversy around the Westside Trail in the rear-view mirror, Metro is planning to share several options for the 25 mile north-south route at a series of two open houses later this month. The goal for this corridor project is to connect the Willamette River near Forest Park to the Tualatin River in Tigard/King City. The open houses will be geared to garner public feedback on how the route connects to neighborhoods and other destinations.

Here are the details:

6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29
Stoller Middle School, Cafeteria
14141 NW Laidlaw Road, Bethany
A presentation will take place at 6:15 p.m.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30
Deer Creek Elementary School, Library
16155 SW 131st Ave., King City
A presentation will take place at 6:45 p.m.

Metro will open an online comment form on the project website between October 24th and November 9th.