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Good excuse to try biking: TriMet’s week-long MAX detour next month

Monday, July 28th, 2014
rose quarter max
Not rolling west from the Rose Quarter for a week.
(Photo: M.Andersen)

It’s likely to be one of the hottest weeks of the year, but Monday, Aug. 11 through Friday, Aug. 15 is looking like a good time for east-side MAX riders to test non-air-conditioned alternatives.

The 10-block light rail connection between the Rose Quarter Transit Center and Lloyd Center, probably the highest-ridership stretch of rails in the TriMet system, will close for track and switch improvements that week, adding an estimated 15 to 30 minutes to trips in or out of the central city.

TriMet has full details about the temporary shuttle-buses that will connect the two stops through the week. But it doesn’t mention the fact that for everyone going to or from much of the east side, a bicycle will probably become the fastest link to the Rose Quarter and downtown during rush hour.

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New path link will open in time to greet Sellwood Bridge, County says

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
sellwood path
An edited overhead map of the new path (highlighted in orange) along the west side of the Willamette River, with east up and Macadam Avenue along the bottom.
(Map: November 2011 Multnomah County open house, edited by BikePortland)

Noting that the current detour along a narrow Macadam Avenue sidewalk “has some challenges,” Multnomah County says it’ll open its much-improved path along the Willamette River by the time the new Sellwood Bridge is ready next year.
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Portland’s worst bike detour will be around for at least one more year

Friday, July 18th, 2014
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Of all the problems with the sidewalk along SW Macadam that’s served as a detour for part of the Willamette Greenway for the last year, this might be the silliest.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

A 0.7-mile bike detour between Willamette Park and the west landing of the Sellwood Bridge that steers people from a riverside trail to an unbuffered sidewalk along a four-lane state highway will probably stick around until late 2015, county communications show.

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

Friday, March 28th, 2014

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.

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Steel Bridge users: take another route Monday morning

Monday, February 17th, 2014
Portland City Tour ride -19

Just a reminder: As we shared last week, the Steel Bridge is likely to be closed for maintenance through some or all of the morning commute on Monday, Feb. 17, no matter what your vehicle is. It should be open by 8:30 a.m.

Outer southeast Springwater Corridor path closure notice

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

See below for info and detour maps just sent to us from PGE:

Notice of Trail Closure along the Springwater Trail

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 28th, 2013, Portland General Electric will begin work along the Springwater Trail between SW Pleasant Valley View Dr. and SE Circle Ave. to improve service reliability in the area. This activity is expected to continue for eight days (excluding Saturday and Sunday), ending at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6th.
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Detour Roundup: Springwater, Esplanade and SE 42nd

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
A full closure of the Springwater path at
Ross Island will start October 7th.

I’ve got a few new details on construction projects that will impact key biking routes in the coming days, weeks and months. This post is part of an ongoing effort (similar to our post on September 10th), to keep you informed of street closures, bicycle detours, and so on. Your on-the-ground knowledge is very valuable, so if you know of detours not mentioned below, or if you have special tips about alternate routes, feel free to share in the comments.

For now, let’s get started on the advisories… (more…)

Know before you go: A round-up of detours and construction zones

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
Damage to Springwater path-3
Parks will finally fix this section of the Springwater bike path.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Between the big TriMet light rail project, PBOT’s fog-sealing binge, and other random projects — for some reason this summer has been full of construction in the Portland area. As a result, there are a lot of detours and general advisories to know about.

Below is a roundup of construction projects and detour notices that impact bicycling. (If we’ve left any out, please share them in the comments below.):
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Photo contest: Portland’s worst (and best) detours

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
If only there were a strip of underused pavement nearby.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Here in Portland, it’s been a summer of detours. And some of them are much better than others.

Let’s help the city make more of them good.

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance, fortunately, has noticed this problem. This Thursday, BTA intern Ruben Montes is hoping to meet with the City of Portland’s Mark Lear and Craig Goodroad to start looking for ways the city can better design construction zones to work for active transportation.

We’d love to give them some material to talk about. So for the next few days, any time you see a detour in Portland that doesn’t seem to prioritize human beings, or one that you think does so well, snap a photo and email it, with a few words about its location, to michael@bikeportland.org or text it to me at 503-333-7824.
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After much finger-pointing, the Steel Bridge’s lower deck reopens – UPDATED

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
Some commuters and exercisers used the upper
sidewalk of the Steel Bridge Tuesday morning.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Update 3:59 pm: The bridge lower deck is now open, and the city’s Diane Dulken writes to confirm that the city, not Union Pacific Railroad, is responsible for the lower-deck cameras related to this closure.

Portlanders’ unscheduled trip into the 90s extended into its fourth day Tuesday as the lower deck of the Steel Bridge, built for $10 million in 2001, remained closed due to a camera failure.

City spokeswoman Diane Dulken said Monday that Union Pacific Railroad runs the cameras, and that the problem is UP’s. The next morning, UP’s California-based spokesman Aaron Hunt said that this was not true, and that the city has been working to repair them. Update: Dulken confirmed, late Tuesday afternoon, that the railroad was correct, and the cameras are the city’s responsibility.

Dulken said Tuesday that she had no information about whether Union Pacific had been in contact with the city. She said she wasn’t aware of detour signs other than the ones at the Steel Bridge’s lower-deck gates themselves.

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