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Gresham to dedicate "milestone" section of Gresham-Fairview Trail

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on May 16th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

New bridge makes key connection for Gresham-Fairview Trail.
(Photo: City of Gresham)

U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer will be on hand this Thursday when the City of Gresham officially opens the newest section of the Gresham-Fairview Trail.

Blumenauer will join a Gresham City Councilor and a Metro Councilor at SE Powell and SW 10th, where a newly finished, 177-foot bridge takes bicycling and walking traffic up and over Powell. The bridge is the first of its kind in Gresham and it creates a crucial connection for the Gresham Fairview Trail.

"Using this new extension the public can now walk, jog, and bike 3.29 miles from Halsey Street at 201st Avenue South to the Springwater Trail," reads a City of Gresham press release, "The completed bridge and trail section marks another milestone in Gresham’s efforts complete bike lanes and trails that connect the city’s businesses and neighborhoods together, and the city to the region."

Funding for this bridge comes from several sources, including $800,000 from a federal Transportation Enhancement grant awarded back in March 2007g.

The event will take place from 11 - 11:30 am this Thursday (5/19). More info on City of Gresham's website or you can watch the little video promo below...

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  • Smapty May 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Mind the cobblestones at the bottom of the hill. Other than that I enjoy this trail. Cant wait till they connect this to Marine Dr.

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  • eli bishop May 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    yay! i'm going to try to be there!

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  • Chris May 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Fairview is great, but two complaints:

    #1) Right after that bridge at the bottom of the hill the paving turns from asphalt to some kind of cement tile (i assume due to rainwater build-up). The problem is the gaps in the tile are the perfect size for a 23-25 tire to fall into. There is even a sign showing a dude flying off their bike to warn you.

    #2) Crossing at Division is terrible. Put a light here for gods sake!

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    • Alan 1.0 May 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      Improvements to that paver section are already penciled in.

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      • eli bishop May 16, 2011 at 8:26 pm

        oh, that is excellent news about the grooves. i hope it happens soon!

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    • eli bishop May 16, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      crossing at division: how about another pedestrian bridge? :D

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  • Jim Labbe May 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    This last southern section of the trail is the best yet for the access to nature it provides... to Grant Butte and wetlands as well as to Johnson Creek and the Springwater Corridor. The trail and its alignment will help more people access this area for wildlife viewing while supporting continued environmental restoration and enhancement efforts in the wetlands and on Grant Butte.

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  • huh May 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    i agreed about the paver section... it is hairy going south. good thing my friend warned about it.

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  • Stig May 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Riding this every day. So nice to ride safely away from cars and fumes.

    Shame it at 201st and Halsey, just 0.4 miles short of the i84 path that would connect it with Boeing and other big employers. That's a hairy stretch with a steep grade and no bike lane.

    Also, I thought according to the trail plan it was going to follow Old Farm Road instead of going up alongside that residential area with the cobblestones of road bike death.

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    • eli bishop May 16, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      YES! i don't understand why it doesn't connect to the I-84 trail.

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  • eli bishop May 16, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    also, it is not clear at all how to reach the trail from the springwater corridor trail. at the very least, a sign mentioning its existence would help.

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    • Paulie May 17, 2011 at 8:05 am

      There is a sign now at the intersection with Springwater.

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      • eli bishop May 17, 2011 at 9:44 am

        aha! thank you!

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  • Loren May 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Rode it today, and hope it's going to be my new commute route to a job I've interviewed for. It's a fantastic addition to our MUP network! Keep it up Gresham!

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  • Stig May 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Forgot to complain about the left turn light onto Burnside from Birdsdale/201st on the route not detecting bikes. Grumble grumble..

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  • bArbaroo May 18, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Rode this stretch a few weeks ago and was thrilled to have a pleasant North-South route through Gresham. Kudos to all who made it happen.

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