PORTLAND -- The 21-mile Springwater Trail is looking more and more like a bicycle highway. It has its own food cart rest area, a bike-only traffic light, and this year the City of Portland is scheduling trail construction with peak commute hours in mind.
From Oct. 7, to Nov. 15. crews with Portland’s Parks and Recreation Bureau will close a section of the trail for repairs between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The 100-foot segment just south of the Ross Island Bridge collapsed last March due to heavy erosion along the riverbank.
"The river level was a little bit high so it eroded the shore and some trees fell over and when those big trees fell over, it also pulled the bank down with it," explained George Lozoboy with Portland Parks and Recreation.
The trail will be open before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. to allow for peak commute traffic, Mark Ross of Portland Parks and Recreation said. The trail will also be open on the weekends. There's been no detour set up by the city, so users must turn around once they get to the fence.
Three thousand joggers and cyclists use the trail every day from the Ross Island bridge east to Boring.
Rick Macquoid jogs the trail daily and will have to adjust his routine to get through it a little earlier, but he's glad the construction finally started.
"It's really good they're doing it all, honesty," Macquoid said. "Because they've lucked out. The erosion happened a couple years ago and they haven't really done anything. We've had a couple of mild winters. If we had a winter like we did in '95 or '96, we would probably lose the whole trail."
The city will restore the bank using soil wrapped in natural weaved fibers fixed to the slope by anchors and by replanting the area. The estimated cost of the project is $650,000 and will be paid for by the City of Portland and Metro, Ross said.
- WHAT: Section of Springwater Corridor Trail closed for repair, 9am or afte4pm Monday-Friday
- WHERE: Milepost 1.5-milepost 1.75
- WHEN: Closed October 7-November 15 from 9am to 4pm. Monday-Fridays.
Nina Melhaf contributed to this report