Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on October 19th, 2010 at 1:50 pm
"We wish this were not the case, however, it will give the City an additional year to hopefully implement bike detour safety treatments in anticipation of the Springwater Corridor trail closure."
— Anne Nelson, Bureau of Environmental Services
A project by the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services on the 170-acre Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge that was going to close a popular section of the Springwater Corridor Trail for up to four months next summer has been postponed.
In an email to stakeholders this morning, BES staffer Anne Nelson said the project will be delayed until summer of 2012 due to "funding issues":
"While this is not our preference, it is the reality of the situation. As we are receiving a significant portion of the funding from the Army Corps of Engineers, the project must align with the Corps’ process and timeline, which is unable to align with our planned 2011 construction window."
Also in her email, Nelson referred to concerns expressed by the City of Portland's Bicycle Advisory Committee about the safety of the proposed detour routes. As we reported back in July, the BAC is concerned about maintaining safe and efficient routes for bicycle traffic while the key non-motorized transportation corridor is closed.
The Bureau of Transportation has made it clear that this project might be added impetus to improve several bike safety improvements in the area. Referring to those in her email this morning, Nelson wrote that the delay, "will give the City an additional year to hopefully implement bike detour safety treatments in anticipation of the trail closure..."
Learn more about the BES project here and stay tuned for more about the potential bike projects as details become available.