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Thurman Street Bridge closure will complicate Leif Erikson trail access this summer

Posted by on March 28th, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Bridge work by city crews this summer will block off the Thurman Street Bridge over Balch Creek in Lower Macleay Park from Tuesday, April 1 until Labor Day.

The closure includes all of Northwest Thurman Street between 28th and 32nd, including stairway access from the bridge to Lower Macleay Park. A signed detour will be in place for local residents and visitors to Forest Park, the Leif Erikson Drive trailhead and Lower Macleay Park, the city said in a news release.

TriMet will provide local shuttle service in lieu of the Line 15 bus service on NW Thurman Street.


“The restoration involves rebuilding the bridge deck and supporting girders as well as upgrading the pedestrian railing from a chain link railing to one similar to the original 1905 design,” the city said in a news release. “The bridge deck and other structural elements are in poor condition with a weight restriction that prohibits heavy traffic. Upon completion, the weight restriction will be lifted.”

“This project, which involves dismantling and reassembling a historic bridge, is complex and unforeseen conditions may arise during construction that could cause the schedule to change,” it went on.

$3.4 million of the project comes from the Federal Highway Administration’s Highway Bridge Program, with the remaining $388,000 coming from city funds.

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  • Johnny March 28, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    If you’re riding to FP you can ride down to Mcleay park (either R on 28th to Upshur or keep going on the sidewalk up to 29th and ride through the semi-blocked alley for a challenging little descent down to Upshur) then when you hit the traffic circle in the parking lot hop the curb and take the path to the right (North) which will immediately get you to a very short section of trail (on your left) that will pop you out onto the sidewalk of Vaughn just below 31st. Then take 32nd back up to Thurman. Not sure where the official detour will send you but this is a fun option.

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  • Johnny March 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm
  • David March 28, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Anyone know what the detour route is for cars? Can’t see how that’s going to work….

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  • Jeff March 28, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Sounds good. Close it down. People should and will learn to adapt.

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  • Spliffy March 29, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Leif erikson is a fire lane / gravel road not a trail
    Just sayin

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    • Dan Morrison March 29, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      A true trail would be single/double track, no?

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