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Detour on Springwater Trail in early October for soil testing

Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on September 16th, 2009 at 11:48 am

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The Springwater Corridor
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The city has issued an advisory that there will be a temporary detour early next month on the portion of the Springwater Trail that runs through the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, just north of the amusement park.

The 75 foot long detour will run directly parallel to the trail, only a few feet away, and will be in place between the hours of 6:30am and 6:00pm from Monday, October 5th to Wednesday, October 14th.

People traveling by bicycle will be asked to walk the distance of the detour. Flaggers will direct bicycle and foot traffic.

The closure is taking place to allow for a soil testing contractor's vehicles and equipment to use the trail safely during a soil testing project. Trail users will experience some delays when vehicles are moving on and off the trail.

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The contractor is performing geotechnical investigations for the design of the Oaks Bottom Habitat Enhancement Project. The project starts in 2011 and will remove fish passage barriers and improve the habitats of endangered salmonids, waterfowl, and other species. At that time more construction will take place along the trail.

This is not related to the sewer construction work that has closed the trail until February between SE Spokane and SE Umatilla streets.

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  • Stig September 16, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    1. Can you provide the link to the advisory?

    2. Any word on the 'shovel ready' bailout Springwater repaving project?

    http://bikeportland.org/2009/03/06/stimulus-for-the-springwater-trail-gets-18-million-for-repaving/

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  • Elly Blue September 16, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Stig, there doesn't seem to be any info about this up on the web yet -- if we get a link I'll update the story.

    Thanks for asking about the repaving -- I haven't heard anything about it, but you're right, that's something to follow up on.

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  • Chris September 16, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    The soil testing contractors should get there by bike! An extracycle or metrofiet would be perfect for them!!!!

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  • GLV September 16, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    The soil testing contractors should get there by bike! An extracycle or metrofiet would be perfect for them!!!!

    I used to do a lot of soil testing. Often work orders would require taking soil cores down to bedrock. More than 40 feet, in many cases, sometimes only a 5 - 7. It really depends on local conditions. In any case you need heavy machinery, powered by sweet sweet oil.

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  • Carter Kennedy September 16, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Can anything be done about those nasty bumps on that path?. What causes those? Tree roots? Can they be spot-fixed without major repaving?

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  • Stig4 September 16, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I think most of the nasty areas on the Springwater are caused by heavy maintenance vehicles and weathering. It certainly isn't caused by bicycles.

    The recent i205 work broke apart a small section so badly it was immediately repaved to the workers' credit.

    BTW- The i205 path is now open all the way down to the Springwater now with the opening of the Max green line. The path goes up and over Woodstock and Foster with the rail.

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  • BURR September 16, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    soils testing can be done with smaller track or ATV mounted equipment that doesn't have such a large footprint, but the tradeoff is typically increased cost.

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  • Jesse September 17, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    @#5 they just went through and spot fixed most of the bumps on the path between Milwaukie Ave. and the Springwater trail... hopefully they will do the same on the Springwater trail itself

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