Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on June 16th, 2010 at 3:08 pm
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Portland Parks & Recreation says a landslide in Forest Park has closed Leif Erikson Drive, resulting in a closure of the gravel road that is popular for biking, hiking and running.
According to PP&R spokesperson Beth Sorensen, the road is now closed between milepost 7 and milepost 7.25 and is not expected to be reopened until repairs are completed in October.
Sorensen sent us these photos of the slide taken by park ecologists earlier today:
Sorensen says the slide occurred at milepost 7.11, which is about a 1/2 mile south of the St. Johns Bridge. There's a culvert at that location that PP&R already planned to replace this year. Recent heavy rains were given as the cause of the slide.
For people biking in the park, the suggested detour (if heading north on Leif Erikson) is to head up
Firelane 5 Saltzman Road to Skyline Road and then descend back into the park via Springville Road. A map showing the location of the slide and proposed detours has been made available and can be downloaded here.